Monday, September 24, 2018

Hotel Oregon History Pub

Samurai Baseball in the Rose City

Hotel Oregon - Mattie's Room

5:30 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. program

Free

All ages welcome

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About Samurai Baseball in the Rose City

Samurai Baseball in the Rose City

Presented by Chris Keaveney, professor of Japanese, Linfield College

Japanese baseball, often referred to as “Samurai baseball,” was a critical feature of life in Portland’s Japantown in the prewar period and continued to sustain the Japanese-American community during the incarceration experience in the 1940s. The most important of the Japanese-American baseball clubs in Portland in the prewar period was the Fuji Athletic Club, founded by Frank Fukuda, who immigrated to the US from Japan in 1906 at a 17-year old and founded the Asahi athletic club in Seattle before coming to Portland and starting the Fuji club in 1927. The model of the baseball that the Fuji Athletic Club clung to, and in fact all of the Japanese-American clubs in the Pacific Northwest embraced, was the Japanese model of “Samurai baseball,” an approach to the game that reflected the values of Bushido (the Way of the Warrior). This presentation will define features of the Japanese model of “Samurai baseball” and discuss how this model embodied the values of the Japanese-American community. 

About the Speaker:

Chris Keaveney is professor of Japanese at Linfield College. His research includes Japanese cultural studies and cultural relations between China and Japan in the mid-twentieth century. He is the author of numerous books, including his most recent, Contesting the Myths of Samurai Baseball: Japan's National Pastime in Literature, Film and Manga. At Linfield since 1997, Keaveney holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and a master’s and Ph.D. from Washington University. 

Photo Credit: Fuji Athletic Club - Vaughn Street in Portland, Oregon, 7/31/1931 - University of Washington, Digital Archives

About Hotel Oregon History Pub

Hotel Oregon History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp