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Four Immigrants Manga, The
A Japanese Experience in San Francisco 1904-1924
by: Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama and Translated, with an Introduction and notes, by Frederik L. Schodt
 
The first English translation of the groundbreaking 1931 graphic novel!
 
Price : US$16.95
 
ISBN: 978-1-880656-33-4
152 pp, paper, 7 x 9", 104 b/w illustrations
Translated, with an Introduction and notes, by Frederik L. Schodt

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"Kiyama's The Four Immigrants Manga is a treasure. Like the Yellow Kid and Jiggs & Maggie, it is a splendid and authentic example of the immigrant literature of the period. More candid and outspoken than any of its contemporaries, it is a classic that demonstrates the true literary role of the comics to reflect ordinary life. Moreover, it is fun to read. It belongs in every library."
—Will Eisner, graphic novelist, creator of The Spirit

"[Schodt has] done a knockout job as a translator and historian of San Francisco's Asian American
experience. . . . Reading this book is a revelation. . ."
—Alvin Lu, in the San Francisco Bay Guardian

Originally published in Japanese in 1931, this is the true story—in comic book style—of four friends who in 1904 come from Japan to work in the U.S. They serve as houseboys, toil in the fields, and live through the 1906 SF earthquake. They also suffer considerable discrimination. This book’s valuable personal testimony about early Asian-American struggles is marked by gentle humor.

Fluent in spoken and written Japanese, translator Frederik K. Schodt is the translator of several of Osamu Tezuka’s manga, including the 23-volume Astro Boy series. He is also the author of several acclaimed works on Japan and Japanese culture. He won the Osamu Tezuka Culture Award in 2000 for helping to popularize manga overseas. He lives in San Francisco.

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