2008 National Conference » Speakers

James Hirabayashi

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University

During World War II, James Hirabayashi was detained in the Pinedale Assembly Center before being transferred to the Tule Lake Concentration Camp in Northern California. After World War II, he earned his BA and MA in Anthropology from the University of Washington, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Dr. Hirabayashi is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University where he was Dean of the nation’s first School of Ethnic Studies. He also held research and teaching positions at the University of Tokyo, University of Alberta, Canada, and Ahmadu Bellow University, Nigeria. An actor with the Asian American Theater Company, he has appeared in a variety of Asian American plays produced in San Francisco. Currently, he is a Senior Program Advisor at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Two articles written by this presenter are available on-line:

"'Concentration Camp' or 'Relocation Center - What’s in a Name?"

"Four Hirabayashi Cousins: A Question of Identity"

Speaker Events

Thursday, July 3

Four Hirabayashi Cousins: A Question of Identity
James Hirabayashi, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Mineral Hall F & G, 3rd Floor
Topic: Passing It Forward

Friday, July 4

Four Hirabayashi Cousins: A Question of Identity
James Hirabayashi, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Mineral Hall F & G, 3rd Floor
Topic: Passing It Forward

Saturday, July 5

Words Matter: Language and the World War II Japanese American Experience
David Hays, Archivist, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries
James Hirabayashi, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
George Takei, Actor
Warren Tsuneishi
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Capitol 5 & 6, 4th Floor
Topic: Basic Introduction

An Overview of Nikkei Incarceration: World War II Assembly, Relocation, Isolation, Segregation, and Internment Camps
Jeffery Burton, National Park Service
Louis Fiset, Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Washington
James Hirabayashi, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
Tetsuden Kashima, Professor, American Ethnic Studies Department, University of Washington
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Location: Capitol 4, 4th Floor
Topic: Basic Introduction