This collection contains materials about first generation (Issei) Japanese students at USC during the early twentieth century. Below you will find excerpts from a 1912 yearbook edited by Japanese students and the card catalog of Chinese classics donated by a Japanese alumnus of USC.
This is a bilingual student yearbook written in Japanese and English by Japanese and Japanese American students of USC. Publication began in 1912; it is unknown when it stopped. USC Libraries' Special Collections holds the 1912 and 1919 issues. The National Diet Library of Japan holds issue no. 2 (1913).
Shown below is the entire Japanese part and an excerpt from the English part from the inaugural issue of 1912. At the time, there were twenty-eight Japanese students at USC, most of whom were kugakusei 苦学生-"student-boy," or "student-laborers." These were Japanese students who supported their living costs and tuition by working as domestic servants. They organized the Japanese Student Association in September 1911 and decided to issue a yearbook in their mother tongue. The English part contains messages from USC's fourth president George F. Bovard; Professor of Philosophy, James H. Hoose; and Professor James M. Dixon, who previously taught English Literature at the Imperial University of Tokyo for thirteen years.
Student names in this issue include: SHIBUYA Seijiro 渋谷清次郎 and YAMAGUCHI Masaharu 山口正治 who are the founding editors of the Rafu Shimpo, an important Japanese American newspaper; FUJII Sei 藤井整 who fought inequality in the court; and HASEGAWA Shin'ichiro 長谷川新一郎, HOASHI Riichiro 帆足理一郎.