Hoover's Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection Featured in New Hoover Press Publication

Friday, October 5, 2018
Roots of the Issei presents a complex and nuanced picture of the Japanese American community in the early twentieth century.

Hoover Press has just published historian Andrew Way Leong's Roots of the Issei, a complex and nuanced picture of the Japanese American community in the early twentieth century: a people challenged by racial prejudice and anti-Japanese immigration laws trying to gain a foothold in a new land while remaining connected to Japan. Dr. Leong's research is made possible by the Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection, the world’s largest open-access, full-image, and searchable online digital collection of Japanese American newspapers. With this technology, Leong is able to analyze materials that until recently were regarded as beyond computer-aided analysis, due to difficulties presented by the complexity of the Japanese language.