Nikkei Farmer on the Nebraska Plains: A Memoir

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-06-25
  • Publisher: Texas Tech Univ Pr
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Japanese-born Hisanori Kan˘ came to the United States in 1916 with the blessings of his influential family, the sponsorship of William Jennings Bryan, and a fervent commitment to master and apply the best of American agricultural practices on the Nebraska Plains. Forgoing an assured career in politics, the military, or business in his homeland, Kan˘ entered the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and worked his way through as a farm laborer. Along with his dedication to farming, he brought a strong Christian faith that would lead to his ordination as an Episcopal minister and sustain him and his family through his internment during World War II. Undertaken in 1967, after half a century in his adoptive land, Father Kan˘┐s memoir reveals how he adapted to an ever-changing American culture and landscape. According himself only modest standing among the Issei┐other first-generation Japanese immigrants he was honored to call his countrymen┐Father Kan˘ elucidates in a voice as eloquent as it is polite a sorely underrepresented aspect of diversity and rural life on the North American Plains.

Author Biography

Hisanori Kano was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1889 at the height of Japan's westernization and raised in Kagoshima. The young Hisanori Kano was driven by twin passions, his desire to help sustain Japan's emigration program and his cultural reverence for farming.

Table of Contents

Illustrationp. ix
Acknowledgments with Editor's and Translator's Remarksp. xi
Introductionp. xix
The Memoir
The Early Years, in Japanp. 7
My Journey to Americap. 39
The Operation of My Farmp. 81
Why I Became a Priest in the Episcopal Churchp. 90
The War in the Pacificp. 103
I Become a Free Man and Return to Nebraskap. 143
Retirement in Coloradop. 155
Conclusionp. 163
On the 200th Anniversary of American Independence Reflections by the Authorp. 175
Editor's Postscriptp. 179
Notesp. 181
Sources and Further Readingp. 189
Indexp. 191
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