Jan Ken Po Dennis M. Ogawa

ISBN: 9780824803988

Published: December 1st 1982


196 pages


Jan Ken Po  by  Dennis M. Ogawa

Jan Ken Po by Dennis M. Ogawa
December 1st 1982 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 196 pages | ISBN: 9780824803988 | 10.72 Mb

INTERESTING, INSIGHTFUL & OUTDATED.“But there are many cultures of people, removed from the super-individualism of Western living, who actually embrace obligations as a fundamental aspect of life.”—page 69It was having the chance to meet this author, Professor Dennis M. Ogawa, last month [August, 2011] at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles, to hear him ‘talk stories’ about his latest book, ‘California Hotel and Casino: Hawaii’s Home Away from Home,’ that led me to this, his earlier book, ‘Jan Ken Po: The World of Hawaii’s Japanese Americans.’ I’m very glad it did.First published in 1973, however, ‘Jan Ken Po’ is limited in its cultural and sociological analysis to 1st-, 2nd-, 3rd- and 4th-generation Japanese Americans in Hawaii- most of whose cultural and ethnic traits would be unrecognizable now, forty years later, in the 5th-, 6th-, and 7th- generations.

For a very good and historical grounding in ethnic acculturation, however, this is an excellent read.Chapter 6, Reaping the Whirlwind, which relates the incredible story of the copycat kidnapping and murder of a ten year old haole boy, Gill Jamieson, by mentally disturbed, 19 year old Nisei, Myles Fukunaga, in 1928, by itself makes this a worthy study. Considering the time, the place and the cultures involved, it’s almost impossible to believe that this incident could have really happened.Now I can’t wait to read, what I suspect will be a lighter study, ‘California Hotel and Casino…’.

Hawaii and Las Vegas, that’s my kind of culture clash.Recommendation: If the people and cultures of Asia and/or Polynesia grab your fancy, you’ll find ‘Jan Ken Po’ an excellent read.“Only in Hawaii have a people as varied as the Hawaiian, Japanese, Filipino, haole, Chinese, Korean, Puerto Rican and Portuguese been able to share language, humor foods, customs and common respect in such a remarkable way.”—page 176Japanese American Research Center, 1973, hardcover edition, 180 pages.

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