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Joseph Heco becomes the first Japanese born citizen of the United States

06/30/1858

Joseph Heco, born Hikozo Hamada in Japan, becomes the first Japanese-American when he is granted citizenship. He later becomes the first to publish a Japanese language newspaper in the United States. (By John Osborne)

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Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 169.
Hsuan L. Hsu, "Personality, Race, and Geopolitics in Joseph Heco’s Narrative of a Japanese," Biography 29, no. 2 (Spring 2006), 273.

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