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Nikkei Baseball: Japanese American Players from Immigration and Internment to the Major Leagues

Samuel O. Regalado

Abstract

Nikkei Baseball examines baseball's evolving importance to the Japanese American community and the construction of Japanese American identity. Originally introduced in Japan in the late 1800s, baseball was played in the United States by Japanese immigrants first in Hawaii, then San Francisco and northern California, then in amateur leagues up and down the Pacific Coast. For Japanese American players, baseball was seen as a sport that encouraged healthy competition by imposing rules and standards of ethical behavior for both players and fans. The value of baseball as exercise and amusement quic ... More

Keywords: Nikkei Baseball, Japanese American community, Japanese American identity, Japanese immigrants, modernization, anti-Asian sentiment, World War II, Lenn Sakata, Kurt Suzuki, Don Wakamatsu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037351
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037351.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel O. Regalado, author

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