2008 National Conference » Speakers

Thomas Walls

Chief of Staff, Oklahoma State Senate

Dr. Thomas (Tom) Walls was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1951. His father was with the American Occupation Forces stationed in Japan following World War II. His mother, an American-born Nisei, had returned to Japan in 1935 with her family after the unexpected death of her father in the U.S. Tom was raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a B.A. in 1973. He also attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he received an M.A. (1976), and a Ph.D. (1989) in sociology for his work on anti-Japanese agitation on the West Coast. His book, The Japanese Texans, was published in 1987 with a second edition in 1996. It was translated into Japanese by Kunio Mamiya and published in Japan in 1997. Tom currently works for the Oklahoma State Senate, where he has served as the non-partisan Chief of Staff for the past eight years. He is married to Deborah Walls.

"Japanese Americans in Texas," an article written by this presenter, is available on-line.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Enduring Communities: An Overview of Japanese Americans in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah
Arthur Hansen, Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies, California State University, Fullerton
Karen Leong, Director, Asian Pacific American Studies, Arizona State University
Daryl Maeda, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder
Andy Russell, History Instructor, Central New Mexico Community College
Nancy Taniguchi, Professor of History, California State University, Stanislaus
Thomas Walls, Chief of Staff, Oklahoma State Senate
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Capitol 2 & 3, 4th Floor
Topic: Basic Introduction