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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 Is It!

Baseball Is It!

(p.49) 4 Baseball Is It!
Nikkei Baseball

Samuel O. Regalado

University of Illinois Press

This chapter describes the proliferation of Nisei baseball in California at the turn of the century. As the second-generation Nisei came of age, their world tugged at them from two ends: their Japanese heritage and American nationality. Gaukueans (Japanese-language schools) were among the institutions employed by the Issei to help maintain the Japanese culture among their children. Athletics, above all, was the enclave's most popular activity, with baseball usually dominating. This chapter tracks the growth of Nikkei baseball within this region as the Nisei sought to forge their identities in this new cultural milieu. Nisei baseball in California throughout the 1930s had thus become a vibrant activity that had developed from the strong roots planted by the earlier generation.

Keywords:   Nisei, Nisei baseball, Japanese heritage, American nationality, California, Japanese culture

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