The Four Immigrants Manga, by Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama

Yoshitaka Kiyama went to San Francisco from Japan as a nineteen- year-old, changed his first name to Henry, and stayed nearly 30 years. He published his experiences as an American immigrant in comic form as 'The Four Immigrants Manga' ('Manga Hokubei Iminshi'), in Japanese. Kiyama's comic was handwritten in Meiji-period Japanese, but the featured ethnic groups speak in their native language.

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The comic appeared in San Francisco in 1931, and was rediscovered and translated into English by manga expert Frederik L. Schodt in 1997. This heart-felt tale, drawn in a classic gag-strip comic book style, is a fascinating and entertaining depiction of early Asian-American struggles. After returning to Japan, Kiyama devoted himself to teaching and fine art.

Orient and Occident laugh together at the playful pen of Kiyama, by Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama
"Orient and Occident laugh together
at the playful pen of Kiyama"

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