2008 National Conference » Speakers

Warren Tsuneishi

Warren Tsuneishi was born on July 4, 1921, in Duarte, California, the third of six sons and three daughters of Satoru and Sho Murakami Tsuneishi, immigrants from the Kochi Prefecture. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Tsuneishi was in his third year at the University of California, Berkeley. The Tsuneishi family, except for brother Hughes who was already in the army, were evacuated to the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming. Warren Tsuneishi was able to leave Heart Mountain to complete his education at Syracuse University. He volunteered for the MSLS upon graduation from Syracuse in August 1943. He saw action with the 306th Headquarters Intelligence Detachment beginning with the landings on Leyte on October 20, 1944, and the liberation of the Camotes Islands. He continued to serve with the 306th in the Battle of Okinawa and in the occupation of Korea. He was awarded the Bronze Star and was discharged in January 1946 with the rank of technical sergeant. Mr. Tsuneishi received his MA in 1948 from the Department of Chinese and Japanese and his MSLS in 1950 from the Graduate Library School, both at Columbia University, and his PhD in political science from Yale University in 1960. Dr. Tsuneishi served as curator of the East Asian Collection, and then as chief of the Asian Division of Congress until his retirement in 1993. He was professional active in the Association of Asian Studies, the Association of Research Libraries, the American Library Association, where he joined with colleagues in organizing a series of Japan-U.S. Conferences on Libraries, 1969-1992; and in the International Association of Orientalist Librarians. In addition to numerous articles in professional journals, his writings include Japanese Political Style (Harper & Row: 1966); and joint editorship of the Proceedings of many Conferences on Libraries and Information Sciences in Higher Education. He is a member of the Japanese American Citizens League and the Japanese American Veterans Association and has served as vice president since 1993.

Speaker Events

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