Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Four Immigrants Manga: A Japanese Experience in San Francisco, 1904-1924 by Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama

Translated, with an introduction and notes, by Frederik L Schodt

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. - SBCL

A Japanese immigrant to California recorded his experiences in graphic novel form. The stories reflect life in San Francisco at the beginning of the twentieth century, with additional commentary by a modern editor. - CDE

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