Issei: The First Generation

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Julie

I just discovered and signed on to Kanopy; in checking titles under topics like race and ethnicity I find dozens of key films for spring class in Philosophy and Film, with focus on Race and Gender, that my students can watch streaming--a great resource for academics and students alike.

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