Distinguished Asian Americans: A Biographical Dictionary

By Hyung-Chan Kim; Dorothy Cordova et al. | Go to book overview

KYUTARO ABIKO

(1865–1936)

Newspaper Publisher, Community Leader

Kyutaro Abiko, leader of the Japanese Community of San Francisco, was a newspaper publisher, farm colony pioneer, and head of the Japanese American Business Promotion Company (Nichibei Kangyosha). Abiko was born in 1865 in the town of Suibara, in Niigata prefecture, Japan. Since his mother died soon after he was born, his maternal grandparents raised him. As a youngster he contributed to the family business by selling candles and paper in nearby villages. At the age of seventeen Abiko and several friends ran away from home, intending to move to the city and then stow away on a ship to America, where he hoped to make his fortune. He lived for several years in Tokyo, where he took English classes and converted to Christianity in 1883.

Inspired by the American ships that sailed into Tokyo’s harbors, Abiko decided to sail abroad. He immigrated to America in 1885 under the patronage of the Fukuinkai (Gospel Society), the first Japanese immigrant organization in San Francisco, founded by Methodists and Congregationalists. Abiko settled in San Francisco, where he worked as a schoolboy in an English-speaking home and attended the Lincoln Grammar School. Following graduation from the Boys’ High School he enrolled in the University of California at Berkeley. While attending Berkeley, Abiko became an influential leader and instructor of the Methodist Branch Fukuinkai.

After graduation from U. C. Berkeley, Abiko began a laundry business and a restaurant, both of which earned only small profits. In 1897 he purchased a Japanese newspaper, and in 1899 he combined his paper

-1-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Distinguished Asian Americans: A Biographical Dictionary
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 430

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.