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Ronald K. Inouye

Retired, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Ronald K. Inouye is originally from southern Colorado. He began researching Alaska Japanese Americans in 1970 upon joining the faculty of the Ketchikan Community College in southeast Alaska. Moving to Fairbanks in 1973, he worked at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Center for Northern Educational Research, where he traveled to rural schools with curriculum and research projects and met individuals of mixed Alaska Native and Japanese heritage. In 1986–87 he earned a degree in Polar Studies at Cambridge University’s Scott Polar Research Institute, then returned to Fairbanks to edit the online Alaska and Polar Regions Index in the University’s Rasmuson Library until retirement in 2005. With Carol Hoshiko and Kazumi Heshiki, he conducted a series of oral histories with 20 Japanese Alaskans; these were summarized in the 1994 booklet Alaska’s Japanese Pioneers: Faces, Voices, Stories. In 1995 as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, Mr. Inouye and Aleut scholar Patricia Petrivelli curated a University of Alaska Museum of the North (Fairbanks) special exhibit titled Forced to Leave: The World War II Detention of Alaskan Aleuts and Japanese Americans, which subsequently became a permanent exhibit. Now retired in Fairbanks, he continues his interest in history, libraries, and museums.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 6

World War II and Redress Experiences of Japanese Alaskans and Aleuts [AUDIO]
Ronald K. Inouye, Retired, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Marie Matsuno Nash
Robert T. Ohashi, Pharmacist Store Owner
Marla J. Williams, Director-Writer/Producer, "Aleut Story"

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Willow B
Topic: Basic Introduction