Lane Ryo Hirabayashi

Lane Ryo Hirabayashi is the George & Sakaye Aratani Professor of the Japanese American Internment, Redress, and Community at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been a leading scholar in Asian American Studies, Latin American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and in the comparative study of Japanese migration in the United States, Mexico, and Latin America.

Hirabayashi participated in the International Nikkei Research Project which led to the publication of New Worlds, New Lives: People of Japanese Descent in the Americas and from Latin America in Japan which he helped to edit. He is currently completing two book manuscripts, one of which is a reconsideration of Japanese American resettlement after their wartime incarceration.

Updated February 7, 2007

 

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Getting to Know Gordon

Last January, my uncle passed away. At 93 Gordon Kiyoshi Hirabayashi was an acclaimed civil rights hero for his World War II resistance to cur few and the camps, and for his life-long commitment as a Quaker to peace and global understanding. Unbeknownst to Gordon, over the past five years I have come to know him under rather unusual circumstances that I’d like to share with you here. 

Since the ‘60s, Gordon and his family lived in Edmonton, Canada where he was a professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Alberta. Every summer until I was 18 ...

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Japanese American Resettlement: Through the Lens

In this short essay I’d like to describe a new manuscript in progress, tentatively titled Japanese American Resettlement Through the Lens. My co-author on this piece is my former student and now colleague, Kenichiro Shimada, from the University of Maryland.

Our starting point is that fact that various on-line web sites have revolutionized access to and the circulation of war-time photographs of Japanese Americans. In particular, the complementary collections that are available on the “Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive” or JARDA (http://jarda.cdlib.org/ ) and the University of California’s “Digital Library” project (http://www.oac.cdlib.org ...

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Nikkei in the Americas: New Questions, New Perspectives

Perhaps the most important lesson I learned from participating in the National Museum's "International Nikkei Research Project (INRP)1 " is how varied the Nikkei experience is throughout the Americas. Even a quick perusal of the two books that came out of the INRP fully confirms this basic fact (see Kikumura-Yano 2002; and Hirabayashi, Kikumura-Yano, and Hirabayashi 2002). This lesson however is no more than an invitation to develop new questions and new perspectives on the topic. The challenge now is to identify new patterns of similarity and difference in this geo-political setting and, harder yet, to explain how these ...

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