Friday 15th December 2017,

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KSL: Weekend Festival to Feature WWII Japanese American Newspaper

posted by Randall


A special exhibit this weekend will feature a bilingual Japanese American newspaper that put out its first edition in 1914, reports KSL.

The Utah Nippo was published by a Japanese American family from 1914 until 1991.

At its peak, it reached 10,000 readers and was mailed out all over the intermountain west.

It was headquartered in Salt Lake City and done entirely by hand.  It may have been the only privately published newspaper in the country aimed specifically for Japanese Americans.

“There were people who used to write in from the re-location and internment camps and they would send news in as well,” Haruko Moriyasu said. Haruko’s parents founded the paper.

Every edition is archived at the J Willard Marriot Library at the University of Utah and the presses and  equipment is still stored in a building in Salt Lake City.

You can read more about the Utah Nippo on KSL.


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