Yoneo Sakai (1900-1978) was a editor for Japanese language newspapers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. He also
travelled around the world as a correspondent for
Asahi shimbun from 1931 until the outbreak of World War II when he was interned in the Granada Relocation Center. After the war, he was
commissioned to teach Japanese at University of Colorado, and hosted a radio program,
Amerika Dayori (
News from America). The collection consists of Sakai's correspondence, manuscripts, published works, notebooks, and diaries.
Sakai was born in 1900 in Saga Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan; studied at Kansai Gakuin and the Meiji Gakuin, majoring in literature;
employed by Kokusai Joho Sha in Tokyo as editor of journal, Eiga to engei (Motion pictures and dramas); arrived in San Francisco, 1926, and worked as editor for Japanese language newspapers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and
New York; travelled around the world as a correspondent for Asahi shimbun from 1931 until the outbreak of World War II; dispatched to Manchuria after the Japanese attack; returned to U.S. as official
correspondent, 1938; interned during World War II in Granada Relocation Center; commissioned to teach Japanese at University
of Colorado; one of Japan's most respected newspaper correspondents, he also hosted a radio program, Amerika Dayori (News from America); interviewees included John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Ernest Hemingway; lived in Washington, D.C. from 1946 until
his death in 1978.
43 boxes (21.5 linear ft.)
27 oversize boxes
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