Book Launch for ‘The Great Unknown: Japanese American Sketches’


• Official book launch at 11 a.m. followed by reception at National Japanese American Historical Society Peace Gallery, 1684 Post St. in San Francisco’s Japantown.

• East Bay event at 4 p.m. at J-Sei, 1285 66th St. in Emeryville, Calif.

The book is the first anthology of Robinson’s column “The Great Unknown and Unknown Great,” which were published in The Nichi Bei Times from 2007 to 2009 and its successor, The Nichi Bei Weekly, from 2009 to 2012, plus a selection of articles that appeared in outside publications or are appearing in this volume for the first time.

“In ‘The Great Unknown,’ award-winning historian and journalist Greg Robinson offers a fascinating and compulsively readable collection of biographical portraits of extraordinary but unheralded figures in Japanese American history: men and women who made remarkable contributions in the arts, literature, law, sports, and other fields,” said the book’s publicist. “Recovering and celebrating the stories of noteworthy Issei and Nisei and of their supporters, ‘The Great Unknown’ provides powerful evidence of the diverse experiences and substantial cultural, political, and intellectual contributions of Nikkei throughout the country and over multiple decades.”

“Besides being entertaining … ‘The Great Unknown’ has a ser