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    "title": "Louise Suski",
    "body": "<div class=\"mw-parser-output\">\n <div id=\"databox-PeopleDisplay\">\n  <table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n   <tbody>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Name\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Louise Suski\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Born\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      June 27 1905\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Died\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      June 5 2003\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Birth Location\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      San Francisco\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Generational Identifier\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      <p>\n       <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Nisei/\" title=\"Nisei\">\n        Nisei\n       </a>\n      </p>\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n   </tbody>\n  </table>\n </div>\n <div id=\"databox-People\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  <p>\n   FirstName:Louise;\nLastName:Suski;\nDisplayName:Louise Suski;\nBirthDate:1905-06-27;\nDeathDate:2003-06-05;\nBirthLocation:San Francisco;\nGender:Female;\nEthnicity:JA;\nGenerationIdentifier:Nisei;\nNationality:;\nExternalResourceLink:;\nPrimaryGeography:;\nReligion:;\n  </p>\n </div>\n <p>\n  Louise J. Suski (1905-2003) was the first English language editor-in-chief at the Los Angeles-based\n  <i>\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Rafu_Shimpo_(newspaper)/\" title=\"Rafu Shimpo (newspaper)\">\n    Rafu Shimpo\n   </a>\n  </i>\n  newspaper. Newspaper veteran\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Harry_Honda/\" title=\"Harry Honda\">\n   Harry Honda\n  </a>\n  remembered Louise Suski as \"the Queen Bee at the Rafu prewar, with us young cub reporters writing stories and helping out the English section.\"\n  <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n   <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n    [1]\n   </a>\n  </sup>\n </p>\n <div aria-labelledby=\"mw-toc-heading\" class=\"toc\" id=\"toc\" role=\"navigation\">\n  <input class=\"toctogglecheckbox\" id=\"toctogglecheckbox\" role=\"button\" style=\"display:none\" type=\"checkbox\"/>\n  <div class=\"toctitle\" dir=\"ltr\" lang=\"en\">\n   <h2 id=\"mw-toc-heading\">\n    Contents\n   </h2>\n   <span class=\"toctogglespan\">\n    <label class=\"toctogglelabel\" for=\"toctogglecheckbox\">\n    </label>\n   </span>\n  </div>\n  <ul>\n   <li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-1\">\n    <a class=\"\" href=\"#Early_Life_and_Family_History\">\n     <span class=\"tocnumber\">\n      1\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"toctext\">\n      Early Life and Family History\n     </span>\n    </a>\n   </li>\n   <li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-2\">\n    <a class=\"\" href=\"#First_English_Editor_of_the_Rafu_Shimpo\">\n     <span class=\"tocnumber\">\n      2\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"toctext\">\n      First English Editor of the\n      <i>\n       Rafu Shimpo\n      </i>\n     </span>\n    </a>\n   </li>\n   <li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-3\">\n    <a class=\"\" href=\"#Heart_Mountain_Sentinel_staff\">\n     <span class=\"tocnumber\">\n      3\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"toctext\">\n      <i>\n       Heart Mountain Sentinel\n      </i>\n      staff\n     </span>\n    </a>\n   </li>\n   <li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-4\">\n    <a class=\"\" href=\"#Postwar_Journalism_Work\">\n     <span class=\"tocnumber\">\n      4\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"toctext\">\n      Postwar Journalism Work\n     </span>\n    </a>\n   </li>\n   <li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-5\">\n    <a class=\"\" href=\"#For_More_Information\">\n     <span class=\"tocnumber\">\n      5\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"toctext\">\n      For More Information\n     </span>\n    </a>\n   </li>\n   <li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-6\">\n    <a class=\"\" href=\"#Footnotes\">\n     <span class=\"tocnumber\">\n      6\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"toctext\">\n      Footnotes\n     </span>\n    </a>\n   </li>\n  </ul>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"Early_Life_and_Family_History\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Early_Life_and_Family_History\">\n    Early Life and Family History\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <p>\n    Suski was born in San Francisco on June 27, 1905, the second daughter of a prominent and trusted community doctor. Dr. Sakae Suski (also known as Peter M. Suski), was born in Okayama Prefecture in 1875 and immigrated to the United States in 1898. He made a living as a photographer in San Francisco until 1906, relocating to Los Angeles following the Great San Francisco Earthquake that same year. Upon establishing himself in LA, he opened his own studio specializing in retouching, which required a steady hand, painting over prints. By 1908, his dedication to the Los Angeles immigrant community was renowned, and he served as managing editor of the Southern California Association for the Preservation of Japanese History. As his family grew, he realized that photography was insufficient to support them, so he enrolled at the University of Southern California medical school while working at night. In 1917, he even spent a year in specialized study at the University of Berlin while the family remained in LA. Dr. Suski was also a writer, linguist, and a close confidante as well as the personal physician of Henry Toyosaku (H.T.) Komai, publisher of the\n    <i>\n     Rafu Shimpo\n    </i>\n    newspaper, which was based in Little Tokyo.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Altogether, there were seven Suski children: Julia, Louisa, Flora, Clara, Margaret, Joe and Elmer. The eldest,\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Julia_Suski/\" title=\"Julia Suski\">\n     Julia Suski\n    </a>\n    , was a musician and artist, whose pen illustrations appeared almost daily in the\n    <i>\n     Rafu Shimpo\n    </i>\n    from 1926 to 1929. As a teenager, Louise Suski explored two common outlets for\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Nisei/\" title=\"Nisei\">\n     Nisei\n    </a>\n    girls: church (her father was baptized in Japan and the family attended Maryknoll Catholic Church) and Nisei youth clubs (she and her siblings belonged the first girls Olivers Club in 1919 and later were active with the YWCA). After graduating from Los Angeles High School in 1924, she applied to the University of California, Los Angeles, with the hopes of becoming a kindergarten teacher, and majored in education.\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"First_English_Editor_of_the_Rafu_Shimpo\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"First_English_Editor_of_the_Rafu_Shimpo\">\n    First English Editor of the\n    <i>\n     Rafu Shimpo\n    </i>\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <p>\n    In 1926, the\n    <i>\n     Rafu Shimpo\n    </i>\n    was the oldest and largest Japanese newspaper serving the immigrant population of the greater Los Angeles area, and to reach out to its growing Nisei readership, publisher H.T. Komai hired 20-year-old Suski. The first quarter page of English in the\n    <i>\n     Rafu Shimpo\n    </i>\n    appeared on Feb. 21, 1926.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    In April 1932, the paper installed a four-deck rotary Goss press, replacing the old flat-bed press. The installment of the new machine enabled the paper to publish a tabloid, print clearly and produce 25,000 copies an hour. By 1932, the English section was a daily feature, informing young folks about what was going on in the city and elsewhere, but also containing articles about Japan in order to teach Nisei about the country that their parents called home. Dr. Suski himself became a regular contributor to the English section, writing essays on the Japanese language for the benefit of Nisei readers.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Of various kinds of newspaper work, Suski later admitted that she loved reporting female sports; her childhood dream had been to be a physical education teacher, but her mother had discouraged her and led her to instead study general education. (Although the job at the\n    <i>\n     Rafu\n    </i>\n    developed into a full-time job, she never finished her degree). Suski covered the women's sports and reporter Tony Gomez covered the men's sports. In June 1933, Suski was joined by George Nakamoto, a Fresno native who had studied journalism at the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University as a co-editor. Three years later, the\n    <i>\n     Rafu\n    </i>\n    hired\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Togo_Tanaka/\" title=\"Togo Tanaka\">\n     Togo Tanaka\n    </a>\n    as another editor on staff.\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"Heart_Mountain_Sentinel_staff\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Heart_Mountain_Sentinel_staff\">\n    <i>\n     Heart Mountain Sentinel\n    </i>\n    staff\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <p>\n    In the wake of the Pearl Harbor bombing, publisher H.T. Komai was arrested and detained for his role with the press. With the imminent removal of all Japanese Americans on the West Coast, the\n    <i>\n     Rafu Shimpo\n    </i>\n    ceased publication on April 4, 1942. The Suski family was sent to\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Heart_Mountain/\" title=\"Heart Mountain\">\n     Heart Mountain\n    </a>\n    , Wyoming, where Suski joined the camp newspaper, the\n    <i>\n     <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Heart_Mountain_Sentinel_(newspaper)/\" title=\"Heart Mountain Sentinel (newspaper)\">\n      Heart Mountain Sentinel\n     </a>\n    </i>\n    , with\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Bill_Hosokawa/\" title=\"Bill Hosokawa\">\n     Bill Hosokawa\n    </a>\n    as its editor. Among the dozen or so who worked in the\n    <i>\n     Sentinel\n    </i>\n    office, there were a few professional journalists such as the paper's managing editor, Haruo Imura, who had worked in San Francisco, and Suski. But most of the staff had little or no reporting experience. Once Heart Mountain closed, the\n    <i>\n     Sentinel\n    </i>\n    , which had grown from a pamphlet newsletter into an eight-page tabloid, released its final paper on July 28, 1945 after 145 issues.\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"Postwar_Journalism_Work\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Postwar_Journalism_Work\">\n    Postwar Journalism Work\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <p>\n    Following the war, Suski moved to\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Resettlement_in_Chicago/\" title=\"Resettlement in Chicago\">\n     Chicago\n    </a>\n    and continued to write for Japanese American publications, reporting on the lives of Nisei in Chicago and Milwaukee who were trying to eke out a new existence in the Midwest. In Chicago, she found work with the General Mailing and Sales Company, which was owned by a Nisei, and at the\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Japanese_American_Evacuation_and_Resettlement_Study/\" title=\"Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study\">\n     Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study\n    </a>\n    (JERS) office, collecting data such as inmate letters, diaries, photos and reports submitted by social scientists and journalists. She also helped edit\n    <i>\n     <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Scene_(magazine)/\" title=\"Scene (magazine)\">\n      Scene\n     </a>\n    </i>\n    magazine, a Japanese American magazine published by her former co-editor, Togo Tanaka, and the\n    <i>\n     Shikago Shimpo\n    </i>\n    (Chicago Courier), a Japanese American paper published in Chicago by Roichi Fujii.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    In 1978, Suski returned to Los Angeles to spend the rest of her life after retirement living with her brother Joe and his wife in Cerritos.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    She died in June 2003 in Cerritos, California, at age ninety-eight.\n   </p>\n   <div id=\"authorByline\">\n    <b>\n     Authored by\n     <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Patricia_Wakida/\" title=\"Patricia Wakida\">\n      Patricia Wakida\n     </a>\n    </b>\n   </div>\n   <div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">\n    Wakida, Patricia\n   </div>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n    For More Information\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <p>\n    \"Louise Suski: The Mother of the Rafu Shimpo's English Page,\" April 23, 2013.\n    <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n\n    </a>\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Matsumoto, Valerie J.\n    <i>\n     City Girls: The Nisei Social World in Los Angeles, 1920–1950\n    </i>\n    . New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Suski, Peter.\n    <i>\n     My Fifty Years in America\n    </i>\n    . Los Angeles: 1960.\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n    Footnotes\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n    <div class=\"mw-references-wrap\">\n     <ol class=\"references\">\n      <li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n       <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n        <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n         ↑\n        </a>\n       </span>\n       <span class=\"reference-text\">\n        \"Louise Suski: The Mother of the Rafu Shimpo's English Page,\" Discover Nikkei website, accessed on June 30, 2014 at\n        <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n\n        </a>\n       </span>\n      </li>\n     </ol>\n    </div>\n   </div>\n   <!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCached time: 20221209044615\nCache expiry: 86400\nDynamic content: false\nComplications: []\nCPU time usage: 0.015 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.020 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 187/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 2028/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 231/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 6/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nUnstrip recursion depth: 0/20\nUnstrip post‐expand size: 622/5000000 bytes\nExtLoops count: 0\n-->\n   <!--\nTransclusion expansion time report (%,ms,calls,template)\n100.00%   13.954      1 -total\n 46.79%    6.529      1 Template:Databox-People\n 15.57%    2.173      1 Template:Reflist\n  9.12%    1.273      1 Template:AuthorByline\n  9.07%    1.265      1 Template:Published\n-->\n   <!-- Saved in parser cache with key encycmw:pcache:idhash:2585-0!canonical and timestamp 20221209044615 and revision id 17121\n -->\n  </div>\n </div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"toplink\">\n <a href=\"#top\">\n  <i class=\"icon-chevron-up\">\n  </i>\n  Top\n </a>\n</div>",
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