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A Diamond in the DesertNEW BOOK: A Diamond in the Desert

by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

For Tetsu, baseball is so much more than just a game. On December 6, 1941, Tetsu is a twelve-year-old California boy who loves baseball. On December 7, 1941, everything changes. The bombing of Pearl Harbor means Tetsu's Japanese-American family will be relocated to an internment camp. Gila River camp isn't technically a prison, but with nowhere to go, nothing to do, and no time frame for leaving, it might as well be. So when someone has the idea of building a baseball diamond and starting a team, Tetsu is overjoyed. But then his sister gets dangerously sick, forcing him to choose between his family and his love of the game. This is an impeccably researched, lyrical story about baseball, honor, and a turbulent period in U.S. history.

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Zenimura biographyKenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer

by Bill Staples, Jr.
foreword by Don Wakamatsu

While the story of the Negro Leagues has been well documented, few baseball fans know about the Japanese American Nisei Leagues, or of their most influential figure, Kenichi Zenimura (1900-1968). A talented player who excelled at all nine positions, Zenimura was also a respected manager and would become the Japanese American community’s baseball ambassador. He worked tirelessly to promote the game at home and abroad, leading goodwill trips to Asia, helping to negotiate tours of Japan by Negro League All-Stars and Babe Ruth, and establishing a 32-team league behind the barbed wire of Arizona’s Gila River Internment Camp during World War II. This first biography of the "Father of Japanese-American Baseball" delivers a thorough and fascinating account of Zenimura’s life.

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JA BaseballAmerican Pastime
Format: DVD
Rating: PG
Runtime: 107 mins

Powerful story about the dramatic impact WWII had in the home-front as Japanese American families were uprooted from their every day lives and placed into internment camps in Western US in the early 1940's. Faced with a country that now doubted their loyalty and struggling with their new situation, they turn to baseball as a way to handle their plight and find the strength to stand up for themselves becoming a true symbol of honor and pride.

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Through a Diamond
100 Years of Japanese American Baseball

by Kerry Yo Nakagawa foreword by Tom Seaver

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Diamonds in the Rough (35 minutes) VHS; Zeni and the Legacy of Japanese-American Baseball with Host and Narrator - Pat Morita

This poignant documentary pays tribute to Zeni; however, it is much more than the biography of one man, it is the story of a legacy in which baseball helped transcend bigotry and hatred to bring pride and respect to Japanese-American s who loved the game. Covering over 100 years of history, it is filled with great baseball memories - Produced by NBRP



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Diamonds in the Rough:
Baseball and
Japanese-American Internment

Written by Gary Mukai, Director, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE); developed in collaboration with Kerry Yo Nakagawa.

This teacher guide/curriculum is an examination of Japanese-American Internment through the prism of baseball that encourages students to consider concepts such as civil liberties, team sports, acculturation, ethnicity, discrimination, cross-cultural conflict, conflict management, civil liberties, and civil rights.

BEST VALUE : Educational package includes three components:
1) DVD: Diamonds in the Rough Zeni and the Legacy of Japanese-American Baseball;
2) Book: Through a Diamond: 100 Years of Japanese American Baseball; and
3) the 52-page Curriculum with activities and three transparencies for overhead projection.

All three items for: $64.95

To place an order, visit the SPICE curriculum catalog.

Wally Yonamine:
The Man Who Changed Japanese Baseball

by Robert K. Fitts

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From Asahi to Zebras: Japanese American Baseball in San Jose, California

by Ralph M. Pearce

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Asian Pacific Americans and Baseball: A History

by Joel S. Franks

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