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A Japanese Robinson Crusoe

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First published in 1898 and long out of print, Jenichiro Oyabe's (1867-1941) A Japanese Robinson Crusoe is a pioneering work of Asian American literature. It recounts Oyabe's early life in Japan, his journey west, and his education at two historically Black colleges, detailing in the process his gradual transformation from Meiji gentleman to self-proclaimed "Japanese Yanke ...more
Paperback, 185 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by University of Hawaii Press
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Leroy Seat
I received this book to review for "Missiology" An International Review," and would likely not have read it otherwise. But it is an interesting book about an outstanding young Japanese man, an autobiography written before the author was thirty years old.

The book was first published in 1898, so much of its value lies in getting a feel for life and thought of the previous twelve years.

The book is written in very good English prose, making me wonder how much help the author received in the editing
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Primary Sources, Historical Collections: A Japanese Robinson Crusoe, with a Foreword by T. S. Wentworth

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