San Francisco: The Japanese American News, . 48,312,228,84pp. Contemporary printed wrappers with linen spine. Wear and soiling to covers, corners a bit chipped. Some minor scattered soiling and foxing to contents. Lightly toned. Very good. Item #1435
Rare Japanese-American directory published in San Francisco by Nichibei Shinbun, the Japanese American News. The Japanese newspaper was founded in 1899, and in 1925 the paper pioneered the inclusion of an English-language section. The present directory is printed almost entirely in Japanese, with advertisements bearing English-language names and addresses of businesses with text in Japanese characters. Likewise, names of residents are in Japanese with addresses printed in English. The first page of listings seems to include embassies from Washington DC to Canada and Mexico, followed by personal listings for San Francisco, then numerous other cities across California including Los Angeles. The final pages are devoted to listings in other states -- starting with Mexico, then Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, followed by states in the South and Midwest, then the East Coast and Pacific Northwest. We find serial runs at six institutions in OCLC, though only the Library of Congress appears to have a copy of the issue from this year. The New York Public Library is the only other institution that records an issue prior to 1930 in its holdings, and we locate no copies of any kind in available sales records. A rare and interesting record of the Japanese-American diaspora.