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Finding Aid for the Ryoichi Fujii Papers, 1919-1999
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ryoichi Fujii Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1919-1999
    Collection number: 614
    Creator: Fujii, Ryoichi
    Extent: 13 boxes (6.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Ryoichi Fujii (1905-1983) was a bilingual journalist, political commentator, and political activist. Between 1936 and 1940, he was a member of the American Communist Party active in Southern California. During the wartime years, Fujii was interned first at Santa Anita and then at Heart Mountain. As an advocate of cooperation with the American government, he was a key figure in the resettlement phase of internment, especially in the Chicago area. In 1945, he founded the Chicago Shimpo. As an editor and writer, he was an outspoken opponent of McCarthyism, white racism, the U.S.-Japan Mutual Security Pact, and the Vietnam War and a supporter of the civil rights movement. Besides his prolific writings as a newpaperman, he was also the author of Shikago Nikkeijinshi (c.1968), a history of Japanese-Americans in Chicago. The collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence files, Newsletters no.1-34 (1944-45), precursor to the Chicago Shimpo, office records of the Chicago Shimpo Company (1945-1970), clippings of newspaper articles by Fujii, documents and correspondence relating to Fujii's own postwar deportation proceedings, essays on the wartime internment, U.S.-Japan relations, and other topics, rough drafts of his autobiography, reports written for the WRA (1942-44), WRA publications and reports, and miscellaneous papers and personal memorabilia.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Midori Fujii, 1999.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ryoichi Fujii Papers (Collection 614). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4660273 

    Biography

    Ryoichi Fujii (1905-1983) was a bilingual journalist, political commentator, and political activist. Born as Asano Katsu in Gifu city in Gifu Prefecture, he was known as “Bob” Fujii in English. A graduate of Doshisha University, Fujii came to the U.S. as a student in 1931, where he attended Oberlin and received his M.A. in 1934. Between 1936 and 1940, he was a member of the American Communist Party active in Southern California. During the wartime years, Fujii was interned first at Santa Anita and then at Heart Mountain. As an advocate of cooperation with the American government, he was a key figure in the resettlement phase of internment, especially in the Chicago area. In 1945 he founded the Chicago Shimpo. As an editor and writer, he was an outspoken opponent of McCarthyism, white racism, the U.S.-Japan Mutual Security Pact, and the Vietnam War and a supporter of the civil rights movement. Besides his prolific writings as a newpaperman, he was also the author of Shikago Nikkeijinshi, a history of Japanese-Americans in Chicago, published in 1968.

    Biographical Narrative

    Fujii Ryoichi [Japanese characters](1905-1983) was a bilingual Issei journalist, political commentator, and political activist. Born as Asano Katsu [Japanese characters] in Gifu city in Gifu Prefecture, he was known as “Bob” Fujii in English. A graduate of Doshisha University, Fujii came to the United States as a student in 1931. He attended Oberlin College from which he received a M.A. in 1934. Between 1936 and 1940, he was a member of the American Communist Party active in Southern California.
    During the wartime years, he was interned first at Santa Anita and then at Heart Mountain. As an advocate of cooperation with the American government, he was a key figure in the so-called resettlement phase of internment, especially in the Chicago area. In 1945 he founded the Chicago Shimpo [Japanese characters]. As an editor and writer, he was an outspoken opponent of McCarthyism, white racism, the U.S.-Japan Mutual Security Pact, and the Vietnam War and supporter of the Civil Rights Movement.
    Fujii was married to the late Emi Kimura, a San Jose Nisei with whom he had two daughters, Midori and Sono. Besides his prolific writings as a newspaperman, he was also the author of Shikago Nikkeijinshi [Japanese characters], a history of Japanese-Americans in Chicago published in 1968.
    The Fujii Ryoichi Papers consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence files, including English letters from Dr. Walter M. Horton, Professor of Theology, Oberlin College; Henry Heineman, Fujii's attorney; Emi Kimura, his wife; Masanori Kojima and Setsuko Nisei; two close Nisei friends, and other persons; Newsletters, no.1-34 (May 1, 1944-October 14, 1945), the precursor to the Chicago Shimpo; office records of the Chicago Shimpo Company, including business papers and correspondence file, 1945-1970; clippings of newspaper articles by Fujii on McCarthyism and HUAAC, American politics and society, and international affairs; documents and correspondence relating to Fujii's own postwar deportation hearings; Japanese and English essays on the wartime internment, U.S.-Japan relations, and other topics; rough drafts of English autobiography; English reports written for the WRA, 1942-1944; WRA publications and reports; and miscellaneous papers and personal memorabilia.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence files, including letters from Dr. Walter M. Horton, theology professor at Oberlin; Henry Heineman, Fujii's attorney; Emi Kimura, his wife; Masanori Kojima and Setsuko Nishi, two close friends, and other persons; Newsletters no.1-34 (1944-45), precursor to the Chicago Shimpo; office records of the Chicago Shimpo Co., including business papers and correspondence files, 1945-1970; clippings of newspaper articles by Fujii on McCarthyism and HUAAC, American politics and society, and international affairs; documents and correspondence relating to Fujii's own postwar deportation proceedings; essays on the wartime internment, U.S.-Japan relations, and other topics; rough drafts of his autobiography; reports written for the WRA, 1942-44; WRA publications and reports; and miscellaneous papers and personal memorabilia.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Personal correspondence file (Box 1).
    2. Biographical material (Box 1).
    3. Wartime internment and resettlement (Boxes 1-3).
    4. Deportation hearings and McCarthyism (Boxes 3-5).
    5. Chicago Shimpo company papers (Boxes 5-6).
    6. Fujii Ryoichi Chicago Shimpo clippings (Boxes 5-11).
    7. Miscellaneous papers (Boxes 12-13).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Fujii, Ryoichi--Archives.
    Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.).
    Chicago Shimpo, Inc.
    Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Archival resources.
    Newspaper editors--Archival resources.

    Related Material

    Japanese American Research Project Collection (Collection 2010). Available at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.