The Encyclopedia is the first comprehensive guide to the history of Japanese immigrants in the western hemisphere. It is the story of the Nikkei (people of Japanese descent and their descendants) from early immigration to the present, as they settled in the countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and the United States. Each chapter provides four primary areas of information: an historical overview, a bibliographic essay, an annotated bibliography, and supplementary materials including demographic data, and rare historical photographs. Noted scholars Gary Okihiro and Eiichiro Azuma provide key introductory essays on the historical context of Japanese migration from 1868 to the present. It is a valuable resource and fascinating , multi-faceted portrait of Japanese Americans for many audiences: researchers and all people of Japanese and Asian descent. The Foreword is by United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
Akemi Kikumura-Yano is an anthropologist and director of the International Nikkei Research Project. She is Vice President for Programs and Director of Research at the Japanese American National Museum and is the author of several books, including: Through Harsh Winters: The Life of a Japanese Immigrant Woman; and Promises Kept: The Life of a Japanese Immigrant Man.
Chapter 1 Introduction to the Encyclopedia Chapter 2 Turning Japanese Americans Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Japanese Migration Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Japanese Argentines Chapter 5 Chapter 3: Japanese Bolivians Chapter 6 Chapter 4: Japanese Brazilians Chapter 7 Chapter 5: Japanese Canadians Chapter 8 Chapter 6: Japanese Chileans Chapter 9 Chapter 7: Japanese Mexicans Chapter 10 Chapter 8: Japanese Paraguayans Chapter 11 Chapter 9: Japanese Peruvians Chapter 12 Chapter 10: Japanese Americans