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Samuel O. Regalado

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037351

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037351.001.0001

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Baseball in Nikkei America

Baseball in Nikkei America

(p.1) 1 Baseball in Nikkei America
Nikkei Baseball

Samuel O. Regalado

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explains the significance of baseball among the Nikkei, or the Japanese diaspora, in the United States. Throughout the history of their people in the United States, the national pastime resonated strongly among the Japanese from the time that its sojourners, the Issei, came to America to that of the Yonsei, the fourth generation. And, much more than a recreational activity, the game commanded respect as it grew to become part of their heritage. Baseball, as they organized and played it, also crossed geographical and generation boundaries. Rooted in the land of their forefathers, the Nikkei resurrected it in the American communities where they landed. “Their baseball” was metropolitan and rural and employed as a means to network with kin in other regions, and also shaped and demonstrated the Japanese American identity in profound ways.

Keywords:   Nikkei, baseball, Japanese Americans, Japanese American communities, Japanese American identity, sports history

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