Synopses & Reviews
History. Cartoons. Asian American Studies. Originally published in Japanese in San Francisco in 1931, "The Four Immigrants Manga" is Henry Kiyama's visual chronicle of his immigrant experience in the United States. Drawn in a classic gag-strip comic-book style, this heartfelt tale -- rediscovered, translated, and introduced by manga expert Frederick L. Schodt -- is a fascinating, entertaining depiction of early Asian American struggles.
A fascinating story, an amazing historical document! From servants in fancy homes to workers in the fields, through earthquakes, riots, a World's Fair, war, and Prohibition--the true story of 4 young Japanese men who pursued their dreams in the rough and tumble of American history.
A "documentary comic book" from 1931, depicting the true adventures of four young Japanese men in America.
Table of Contents
HENRY KIYAMA AND "THE FOUR IMMIGRANTS MANGA"/ On the Trail of Henry Kiyama/ Kiyama and Immigrant History/ On Translating Kiyama's Book/ THE FOUR IMMIGRANT MANGA: Episodes/ Arrival in San Francisco/ "Schoolboys," Episodes 1-8/ Mistaken Identity/ Working on a Farm, Episodes 1-3/ News of a Parent's Death/ Decadence, Episodes 1-3/ The Shoe Salesman/ The Great San Francisco Quake, Episodes, 1-4/ Plain Cook/ Working in a Store/ A Crisis over Japanese School Children/ Japanese Immigrants Arriving via Hawaii, Episodes 1-2/ Enjoying an Illumination Show/ A Visit by the President/ When the Golden Gate Bank Failed/ The Panama Pacific International Exposition, 1-4/ The Rice of Colusa, 1-4/ Picture Brides, 1-4/ The Great War in Europe, 1-2/ Influenza/ Prohibition/ The Turlock Incident/ The Alien Land Act/ Meant for Each Other/ Mutual Downfall/ Goodbye/ NOTES AND COMMENTARY/ AFTERWORD/ BIBLIOGRAPHY