Curtiss Takada Rooks

Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks is Special Assistant to the Dean of Bellarmine College and Assistant Professor in Asian Pacific American Studies at Loyola Marymount University. A long time advisor to the Hapa Issues Forum Board of Directors, he serves on the California Japanese American Community Leadership Council and is a member of both the West Los Angeles Japanese American Methodist Church and Senshin Temple Adult Buddhist Association (S.A.B.A).

Updated October 2007

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On Being Japanese American

The U.S. military occupation of Japan following World War II resulted in the largest cohort of Japanese immigration of Japanese to the U.S. since the 1924 Immigration Act. This migration of Japanese women married to U.S. soldiers drastically changed the make up and complexion of the Japanese American community as these immigrant interracial American and Japanese families brought with them multiracial Japanese/Japanese American children.

What does it mean to be Japanese? To be Black? To be both, at the same time. To be sure the world sees me as Black—I’d say African American but ...

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