Colorado's Japanese Americans
From 1886 to the Present
A Timberline Series Book
"This crisply-written, well-designed treasure is a haunting tale every Coloradan should know."
- Tom Noel, Rocky Mountain News & Denver Post
"Hosokawa's century-long account is measured and even handed: concentration camps are one of many events in the community's continuum of experiences. . . . a lively presentation . . . and an excellent choice for the inaugural work of this series."
-Stefanie Beninato, Journal of the West
"Bill Hosokawa, a master writer, has drawn together thousands of strands of Japanese history in Colorado to make a rich historical cloth."
- Stephen J. Leonard
"Using his knack for storytelling, Bill Hosakawa brings the life of the Colorado Issei and Nisei to life."
- Colorado Endowment for the Humanities 2005 Publication Prize Committee
"This is Japanese-American history written by a fine journalist and an insider."
- Sunday Denver Post & Rocky Mountain News
"... [A]n easy reading book that is quite interesting, humorous, insightful and inspirational that everyone, even non-Coloradoans would enjoy reading."
- Ted Namba, past president of the Arizona JACL
"This new book about the history and culture of Japanese Americans in Colorado will be a welcome addition to the bookshelves of those who share its heritage, and as well as others who wish to learn about the culture."
- Alamosa Valley Courier
In Colorado's Japanese Americans, renowned journalist and author Bill Hosokawa pens the first history of this significant minority in the Centennial State. From 1886, when the young aristocrat Matsudaira Tadaatsu settled in Denver, to today, when Colorado boasts a population of more than 11,000 people of Japanese ancestry, Japanese Americans have worked to build homes, businesses, families, and friendships in the state.
Hosokawa traces personal histories, such as Bob Sakata's journey from internment in a relocation camp to his founding of a prosperous truck farm; the conviction of three sisters for assisting the escape of German POWs; and the years of initiative and determination behind Toshihiro Kizaki's ownership of Sushi Den, a beloved Denver eatery. In addition to personal stories, the author also relates the larger history of the interweave of cultures in Colorado, from the founding of the Navy's Japanese language school at the University of Colorado to the merging of predominantly white and Japanese American congregations at Arvada's Simpson United Methodist Church.
With the author's long view and sharp eye, Colorado's Japanese Americans creates a storied document of lasting legacy about the Issei and Nisei in the Centennial State.
Supported in part by the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities
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