By Bill Hosokawa

In Colorado's jap Americans, popular journalist and writer invoice Hosokawa pens the 1st heritage of this crucial minority within the Centennial nation. From 1886, whilst the younger aristocrat Matsudaira Tadaatsu settled in Denver, to this present day, whilst Colorado boasts a inhabitants of greater than 11,000 humans of jap ancestry, eastern american citizens have labored to construct houses, companies, households, and friendships within the state.

Hosokawa lines own histories, corresponding to Bob Sakata's trip from internment in a relocation camp to his founding of a wealthy truck farm; the conviction of 3 sisters for helping the break out of German POWs; and the years of initiative and backbone at the back of Toshihiro Kizaki's possession of Sushi Den, a loved Denver eatery. as well as own tales, the writer additionally relates the bigger historical past of the interweave of cultures in Colorado, from the founding of the Navy's jap language institution on the collage of Colorado to the merging of predominantly white and eastern American congregations at Arvada's Simpson United Methodist Church.

With the author's lengthy view and sharp eye, Colorado's eastern Americans creates a storied record of lasting legacy in regards to the Issei and Nisei in Colorado.

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Years before any of these Nisei worked for the city, Lloyd Shinsato was assistant city attorney and Colorado native Dr. George Ogura, coroner. Not far from the civic center, near the banks of Cherry Creek, is the home of Denver’s leading television station, KMYR Channel 9, and its star newscaster is a slim, personable Japanese American woman named Adele Arakawa, perennial award-winner. She was preceded at the station by Lori Hirose. And north on Broadway, a few blocks from the capitol, are the offices of the Denver Post, the area’s largest newspaper, which under an earlier ownership had savaged Japanese P A G E 11 T O D A Y : A N O V E R V I E W Ronald Otsuka, curator of Asian Art at the Denver Art Museum.

Florence, a specialist at Children’s Hospital, after retirement went on Methodist Church medical missions to the Philippines, Venezuela, and Mozambique. After a long career in the Colorado State Department of Revenue, Robert Horiuchi and his wife, Chiyo, went to Afghanistan for two and a half years and to Kenya for two years to help the governments set up revenue and accounting systems. In more unusual occupations in Colorado are Dana Rikimaru, a P A G E 19 T O D A Y : A N O V E R V I E W trout fishing guide; Mark Konishi, deputy director of the Colorado Division of Wildlife; and Steve Yamashita, assistant regional manager of the Department of Fish and Wildlife in Grand Junction.

Understandably, this summary does not capture the drama, the heartache, the blood, sweat, and tears of these sojourners. P A G E 29 W O R K I N ’ O N T H E c h a p t e r R A I L R O A D f o u r WORKIN’ ON THE RAILROAD By 1900 the vast reaches of Colorado were stitched together by hundreds of miles of railroad crossing the prairies; taking supplies into the mountains and bringing out the ore; linking ranches with meat packers in Omaha, Kansas City, and Chicago; and coming back with manufactured goods.

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