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More Than a Game: Sport in the Japanese American Community

ISBN 10: 1881161110 / ISBN 13: 9781881161110
Published by Japanese American National Museum, 2000
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: More Than a Game: Sport in the Japanese ...

Publisher: Japanese American National Museum

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st.

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Now for the first time, the history of sport in the Japanese American community has been documented in a collection of essays that captures the diversity and complexity of its evolution in the United States. More than 100 photographs, most from personal collections never before published, illustrate the extent of those who participated in sports, ranging from sumo to kendo, baseball to basketball, judo to wrestling and weight lifting to ice skating. With essays by Eichiro Azuma, Karleen C. Chinen, Lewis Kawahara, Chris Komai, Yoichi Nagata, Samuel O. Regalado, Cheryl Lynn Sullivan, Joseph R. Svinth, Eriko Yamamoto, and Samuel Hideo Yamashita.

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"This is a must-read book for anyone interested in the role and significance of sport in our society. The stories it recounts have heretofore been privy only through word-of-mouth communication hidden in the pages of Japanese American vernacular publications. Sharing these stories with the general public is long overdue. They are an important testimony to how sport serves to build communities, and they bolster our regard for recognizing sport as more than a game."-The Honorable Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. Senator, Hawai'i.

"It is an honor to be associated with the long tradition of sport in the Japanese American community. Thanks to this book, I became aware of the previously untold stories of the many outstanding athletes who came before me. Their unique achievements are a testament to the enduring value of sport."-Kristi Yamaguchi, U.S. Olympic Gold Medallist.

"From the rough-and-tumble exploits of "Mr.Moto" in the wrestling ring to the precision and style of Kristi Yamaguchi on the skating rink, and from baseball in wartime concentration camps to the youth basketball leagues of today, sport has been a dynamic, indelible, and yet largely unexplored dimension of the Japanese American experience. Through powerful images and vivid words, Brian Niiya has produced an extraordinary catalogue and a major exhibition that capture the many important ways in which athletics have served to bind the Japanese American community and provide a vehicle for gaining individual and group recognition at the local, national, and indeed, global levels. Every home and library should have this pathbreaking book."-Don T. Nakanishi, Director and Professor, UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

"More Than a Game provides new ways of exploring America's multicultural and multiethnic heritage through the study of Japanese American sports. Expertly edited and thoughtfully presented, it reminds us that sport can be a powerful tool in building communities and strengthening a sense of identity"-Anita L. DeFrantz, President, Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles.

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