The ROMC was recently given many books from Dr. Amy Sueyoshi, a professor here at SFSU in both departments of Ethnic Studies, and Women and Gender Studies. Two books we have here in the ROMC library are titled The Four Immigrants Manga by Henry Kiyama, as well as Good Wives, Nasty Wenches and Anxious Patriarchs—Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia by Kathleen M. Brown.
The Four Immigrants Manga is a story told in the form of a Japanese comic book, or manga. The storyline follows the lives of four Japanese immigrants, who start their new lives in San Francisco in the early 1900’s. This manga’s storyline is a satire of the typical struggles and challenges faced by the Japanese immigrants during that time. Struggles and challenges such as those depicted were actually seen in the eyes of the very author and illustrator of The Four Immigrants Manga, Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama.
Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs is an analysis of gender and racial issues during the years of Colonial America. Kathleen Brown covers these issues in depth, which are drawn from the perspectives of the white European male colonists of the 1600’s and 1700’s, about their encounters with the Indigenous females. The colonists’ perspectives also are shown in their encounters with African female slaves later on in the period of colonialism. These perspectives also include racism, ideas of purity, masculinity and femininity. They often voice their comparison between the Indigenous and African females to their own white European females that came with them, and the expectation and value of the colonial women versus the Indigenous and slave women.
Thanks to Dr. Sueyoshi, we have many more books just like these two, available in the ROMC library. Hopefully, they will be helpful in the research of Ethnic, and Women and Gender Studies!