9780803218970

Kokomo Joe : The Story of the First Japanese American Jockey in the United States

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  • ISBN13:

    9780803218970

  • ISBN10:

    0803218974

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-04-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Summary

The first Japanese American jockey, Kokomo Joe burst like a comet on the American horse-racing scene in the summer of 1941. As war with Japan loomed, Yoshio "Kokomo Joe" Kobuki won race after race, stirring passions far beyond merely the envy and antagonism of other jockeys. His is a story of the American dream catapulting headlong into the nightmare of a nation gripped by wartime hysteria and xenophobia. The story that unfolds inKokomo Joeis at once inspiring, deeply sad, and richly ironic-and remarkably relevant in our own climate of nationalist fervour and racial profiling. Sent to Japan from Washington State after his mother and three siblings died of the Spanish flu, Kobuki continued to nurse his dream of the American good life. Because of his small stature, his ambition steered him to a future as a star jockey. John Christgau narrates Kobuki's rise from lowly stable boy to reigning star at California fairs and in the bush leagues. He describes how, at the height of the jockey's fame, even his flight into the Sonora Desert could not protect him from the government's espionage and sabotage dragnet. And finally he recounts how, after three years of internment, Kokomo Joe tried to reclaim his racing success, only to fall victim to still-rampant racism, a career-ending injury, and cancer.

Author Biography

John Christgau, a retired English instructor and lecturer, is the author of many books, including The Gambler and the Bug Boy: 1939 Los Angeles and the Untold Story of a Horse Racing Fix (Nebraska 2007) and Tricksters in the Madhouse: Lakers vs. Globetrotters, 1948, available in a Bison Books edition.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
The Pocket Baby
Kokomo Joe
Mister Charley
Brilliant Queen
The Yankee Doodle Boys
Joltin' Joe
The Railbird Witch
The Oriental Invaders
Lumberjacks and Truckers
Joe Btfsplk
Miserable Saboteurs
Nipponese Dynamite
Hoover's Lists
Fibber McGee
The Whiz Kid with the Jive Drive
The Canadian Mounties
Chester from Gunsmoke
Stargazers Sources
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