Book Launch Event to Explore New York’s Vibrant Japanese American Community

Untold Stories of Nikkei New York

Thursday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. EST

Zoom Webinar

Admission: Free

In his new book The Unsung Great: Stories of Extraordinary Japanese Americans, scholar and journalist Greg Robinson showcases the lives and achievements of relatively unknown but remarkable people in Nikkei history. Drawn primarily from Robinson’s popular writings in the San Francisco newspaper Nichi Bei Weekly and community website Discover Nikkei, The Unsung Great offers entertaining and compelling stories that challenge one-dimensional views of Japanese Americans. This collection breaks new ground by devoting attention to Nikkei beyond the West Coast—including the vibrant communities of New York and Chicago, as well as the little-known history of Japanese Americans in the US South.

This book launch event is a co-presentation of Densho, The Japanese American Association of New York, NYC DOR Committee, University of Washington Press, and Elliott Bay Book Company. Robinson, a native New Yorker, will explore the unknown aspects of the diverse and artistically vibrant Nikkei community in prewar and wartime New York. Artists Tomie Arai and Sheila Hamanaka will join him in a conversation moderated by Brian Niiya, Densho Content Director.

To register, please visit the event’s Facebook page. Purchase a copy of The Unsung Great: Stories of Extraordinary Japanese Americans, at Elliott Bay Book Company’s website.

About Greg Robinson

A Professor of History at l’Université du Québec À Montréal, Greg Robinson earned a BA in History and French Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA and PhD in American History from New York University. He has extensively written, co-written, and edited books and papers about Japanese interned in North America during World War II and their experiences following incarceration. For a list of his works, please visit his website.