Research featured in the Oberlin Alumni Magazine

I was recently contacted by Clyde Owan, Alice Takemoto, and my father to let me know that an article by Lisa Chiu about my research has finally been published in the summer edition of the Oberlin Alumni Magazine! How exciting! I don’t own a physical copy myself (it’d be great if someone sent me one!) but my father did send me some pictures. I’m very honored to have had the opportunity to research Japanese Americans at Oberlin during WWII, and I wish I could have continued! Perhaps in the future..

For now I guess I’ll need to watch what I post on this blog, as it may gather some new alumni visitors! (Hopefully everyone can appreciate the more lighthearted posts about Japanese playlists-you-want-to-listen-to-when-your-wife-of-a-year-finally-farts-in-front-of-you.)

For a summary of my research processes click here.

To read profiles of various students at Oberlin during the war click on my “Oberlin Nisei” or “Research” tabs on the Topics sidebar.

Thanks again for reading!

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the student files I painstakingly gathered over the semester.

with Ken Grossi on my last day of the job!

with Ken Grossi on my last day of the job!

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Oberlin Nisei List (as of 3/1/13) + updates

Female:  (spouse surnames listed in parentheses)
Mineko “Minnie” Sasahara (Avery), Teruko Akagi,
May Kitazawa (Arbegast), June Kitazawa (Barr), Jean Morisuye (Conklin),
Lily Yuriko Fukuhara, Michiko Matsushima (Fujimoto), Yuriko Ito, Myra Iwagami,
June Kimura, Shizuko Koda (Kitaoka), Margaret Yokota (Matsunaga),
Grace Imamoto Noda, Yoshie Takagi (Ohata), Esther Matsu Kinoshita (Ujifusa),
Itsue “Sue” Hisanaga (Yamaguchi), and Mitsuko Matsuno (Yanagawa).

Male:
Ray Masaki Egashira, Renso Y. Enkoji, Victor Tadaharu Fujiu, Soichi Fukui,
Arthur Shuntetsu Kodama, William “Bill” Makino,
Calvin Ninomiya,  Sammy Junsuke Oi, David Masato Okada,
Kenji Okuda, Sadayoshi Omoto, Paul Kasumi Ushijima,
Eugene S. Uyeki,  and Harry Goichi Yamaguchi,

A while back I was trying to find information about Mr. Eugene Kiyozumi Uyeki, who graduated from Oberlin in 1948, went on to Chicago to get a Ph.D. in ’53 for his thesis entitled “Process and Patterns of Nisei Adjustment to Chicago”, and became a sociology professor at Case Western. I’d seen that his scholarly articles were published by a “Eugene S. Uyeki” and wondered at the discrepancy. I found out from the Alumni Register that the “S.” stands for Shigemi.

Calvin Ninomiya is another Nisei who was briefly at Oberlin and went on to great things- his bio could be found in the Discover Nikkei website:

“Calvin Ninomiya is intermittently retired. An aging lawyer [ex-Seattle; ex-Minidoka], he retired after serving as Chief Counsel, US Treasury (Public Debt). Ninomiya came out of retirement to work part-time on Treasury technical assistance projects, mostly doing overseas legal assignments in developing countries. Otherwise, he labors on Japanese American veteran concerns. He has researched the Occupation of Japan with the National Japanese American Veterans Council and worked on oral histories and scholarships, as well as serving as a board member with the Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA).” http://www.discovernikkei.org/en/journal/authors/ninomiya-calvin/
I don’t see any references to Oberlin in any of Calvin’s bios, but I suppose that this might be because he was only here briefly from 1944-1945.

Clyde Owan, who is in charge of this research project, has put me in touch with Paul and Alice Takemoto. Alice was an Oberlin Conservatory student who graduated in 1948. I’m wondering if they will be able to help me determine the fates of some of these Obie alums from so long ago.