Reviews and Essays

A capstone collection from a beloved historian,”
review of A NIKKEI HARVEST by Art Hansen, Nichi Bei News, July 18, 2024

GHOST OF HONOR: Who Killed Japanese America?
essay for the 2024 Left Coast Crime convention booklet,
April 11-14, 2024

Interrogating the memoir of a resister
review of BEYOND THE BETRAYAL: The Memoir of a World War II Japanese American Draft Resister of Conscience by Yoshito Kuromiya, Nichi Bei Weekly, July 21, 2022

Greetings from Ground Zero
Konch Magazine, a letter from Seattle for special “The Virus” issue, Spring 2020

A NO-NO BOY For the 21st Century
review of Japanese translation of NO-NO BOY, as translated by Ryusuke Kawai. International Examiner, March 1-14, 2017

“Resistance Capital: Writing in the Camps as an Act of Defiance”
review of RELOCATING AUTHORITY: Japanese Americans Writing to Redress Mass Incarceration by Mira Shimabukuro, International Examiner, May 18-31, 2016

ALLEGIANCE Uplifts by Doctoring Japanese American History
analysis of the musical ALLEGIANCE at the Longacre Theater on Broadway,, Oct. 27, 2015

“Still the Great Japanese American Tragedy”
review of the 2014 University of Washington Press edition of NO-NO BOY by John Okada, International Examiner, July 15-August 4, 2015

How Happy Ending in Staged NO-NO BOY Bowdlerizes Okada’s Novel
more on the Pan Asian Repertory production of NO-NO BOY, Discover Nikkei, July 22, 2015

Stage Adaptation of NO-NO BOY Violates John Okada’s Novel
examination of Pan Asian Repertory production of NO-NO BOY, Discover Nikkei, April 29, 2015

“Frank Chin’s Great Chinese American Novel”
review of THE CONFESSIONS OF A NUMBER ONE SON by Frank Chin, International Examiner, March 30, 2015

“A Heart Mountain Resister Reacts to ALLEGIANCE
analysis of the musical ALLEGIANCE at The Old Globe Theater in San Diego. Rafu Shimpo, October 24, 2012

The Great Japanese American Novel
review of BORN IN THE USA: A STORY OF JAPANESE AMERICA, 1889-1947 by Frank Chin. Amerasia Journal, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2004

True Tales from Tule Lake
review of SONG OF ANGER: TALES OF TULE LAKE by Barney Shallit, Pacific Citizen Holiday Issue, December, 2001

Disney’s PEARL HARBOR: Big, Dumb, Irrelevant
review of the film PEARL HARBOR, Northwest Nikkei, May 25, 2001

Nichi Bei Weekly DOR coverAbout Japanese American Redress

Day of Remembrance: An invented tradition for the community
Nichi Bei Weekly, February 3, 2022

The First Day of Remembrance, Thanksgiving Weekend 1978
Densho Blog, November 21, 2018

Resistance, Resettlement, and Redress
Case Western Reserve University Law Review, Volume 68 Issue 4 (2018) (free PDF download)

Henry Miyatake: Seattle redress visionary
Nichi Bei Weekly, December 18, 2014

Creating ‘Days of Remembrance’”
Asian Focus, February 1998

Arguments Given in Hirabayashi Case
Pacific Citizen, November 15, 1985

About people

Ichiro’s Final Bow
Nichi Bei Weekly, March 14, 2019

Discovering My Father Was A No-No Boy
Discover Nikkei, June 18, 2015

Remembering David Ishii, Bookseller” (with Laureen Mar)
Crosscut, March 7, 2012

Frank Chin: His Own Voice – An essay/interview
The Bloomsbury Review, September 1991

Former Renunciant Charges WW2 Scientist With Defamation
Pacific Citizen, July 22-29, 1988

2 thoughts on “BY FRANK ABE”

  1. Hi Mr. Abe –

    I’m researching photos for the Topaz Museum, scheduled to open in Delta, UT, in September. I’d like to obtain a hi-res photo of Toshio Mori, who was interned at Topaz. The image we want was photographed by Nancy Wong (found on his Wikipedia page). In researching Nancy (not the same as this photographer: I found your page – which has more of her photos.

    Can you tell me how I might find the “right” Nancy Wong? Or perhaps someone who has access to her photos, where we could get a higher-res scan of her Mori photo and, of course, the rights/permission to display it?

    Thank you so much for any assistance you can offer.

    Tisha Carper Long – [email protected]
    Image Research, Rights & Reproduction
    Topaz Museum – West Office Exhibition Design

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