2008 National Conference » Speakers

Morgan Yamanaka

Emeritus Professor of Social Work, San Francisco State University

Mr. Yamanaka was born in San Francisco eighty-three years ago. From the age of two to seven, he was brought up by his maternal grandmother in a farming village in Kagoshima. He returned to San Francisco not knowing a word of English. As a seventeen-year-old senior in high school, he was caught in a dilemma of having two citizenships of two nations at war with each other. He renounced his Japanese citizenship. He was first interned in Santa Anita Assembly Center, then transferred to Topaz Concentration Camp where he completed the loyalty oath making himself a “disloyal.” He was sent to Tule Lake Concentration Camp until released in March 1946. He then returned to San Francisco, continued his education at City College in San Francisco where he received degrees in Sociology and Social Work at UC Berkeley. He worked for forty-four years at San Francisco State University and retired as Emeritus Professor of Social Work in 2006.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Stories of Resistance: Consciousness, Conscience, and the Constitution
Yosh Kuromiya, Heart Mountain Resister
Cherstin Lyon, Public/Oral History Coordinator, Assistant Professor of History, California State University, San Bernardino
Morgan Yamanaka, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, San Francisco State University
Hideo Yonenaka, Emeritus Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Capitol 1, 4th Floor
Topic: Different Views on the Incarceration