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Jim and Jap CrowA Cultural History of 1940s Interracial America$
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Matthew M. Briones

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691129488

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691129488.001.0001

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“Unity within Diversity”: Intimacies and Public Discourses of Race and Ethnicity

“Unity within Diversity”: Intimacies and Public Discourses of Race and Ethnicity

(p.74) Chapter 3 “Unity within Diversity”: Intimacies and Public Discourses of Race and Ethnicity
Jim and Jap Crow

Matthew M. Briones

Princeton University Press

This chapter illustrates how Kikuchi shrewdly understood that cultivating a relationship with a figure as influential as Louis Adamic could only help his future career and long-term interest in matters of race and ethnicity. After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Kikuchi indeed counted on the Adamics for practical and emotional support. Numerous later letters showed that Kikuchi considered Adamic's mentoring a welcome development, something he had lacked for so many years while away from his biological parents. However, despite Adamic sending Kikuchi many other similar texts, he rarely communicated with his acolyte at any great length or with any immediacy. As Kikuchi understood, his and Adamic's commonality had at least two sides: their visions and hopes for America coincided, and the two men's lives were similar versions of the immigrant's tale.

Keywords:   Charles Kikuchi, Louis Adamic, race, ethnicity, Japanese, Pearl Harbor, immigrant, America

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