Thursday, November 09, 2006

Oishi Seinosuke: the rest of the story...

No, we didn't find more information in the Archives yet about 1895 graduate Dr. Oishi Seinosuke (see previous post), but we did receive a wonderful short biography of him from our man in Japan, Joseph Cronin. Mr. Cronin translated into English this work, Oishi Seinosuke and the Great Treason Incident, written by Kitamura Shingo in 2001.

Here we learn much more about Oishi than we knew previously: where he grew up, his early education, why he came to America and how it changed him, the forces in Japanese society which contributed to the actions he took--even that Oishi was the eighth man called of the eleven put to death that cold January day in 1911. A tragic story, an interesting story, an important story.

Thanks to this generous donation, we are now only the third library in North America to hold this title in our collections, and the only library on the West Coast of the continent. We expect that this will be of great value to researchers interested not only in the history of OHSU and the history of medicine, but the social history of Japan as well.

4 comments:

liz dunbar said...

Seinosuke Oishi was my great-great uncle. HIs nephew, Isaku Nishimura, was my grandfather. My mother has translated the Oishi and Nishimura family histories into English. We used much of the same material as Joseph Cronin (we're working with him on his translation of my grandfather's book)but we have other sources as well with more info about Seinosuke. Let me know if you'd like to see it. Liz Begert Dunbar

Sara Piasecki said...

Liz, I'd love to talk with you more about Oishi! How do I contact you?

Anonymous said...

Hello!
I am the great great grand son of AOKI Shuzo, Japanese minister of foreign affairs in Meiji period. In his autobiography AOKI mentions that he met an important samurai called Seinosuke who was a close friend of his theacher in Yamaguchi, NOMI Ryûan. Sinosuke told AOKI a lot about the politcal ideas of the "sonnô jôi". I wonder if we talk about the same Seinosuke?

Sara Piasecki said...

Hello, great great grandson of Aoki Shuzo! In consultation with Oishi Seinosuke's biographer, Joseph Cronin, we feel it is not possible that the samurai Seinosuke is the same as the physician who graduated from UOMS.