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1939- 2009. Ronald Takaki - Biography  Born in a low income area in Oahu, Hawai’i, he is the grandson of Japanese immigrants who worked on a sugar plantation.

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2 Ronald Takaki - Biography  Born in a low income area in Oahu, Hawai’i, he is the grandson of Japanese immigrants who worked on a sugar plantation.  He attended the college of Wooster in Wooster,Ohio after a teacher wrote him a recommendation to the college.  At Wooster he gained a sense of his ethnic identity as 1 of 2 Asian American Students at the college. He received his bachelors degree in history in  Takaki suffered from multiple sclerosis for twenty years until 2009 when he committed suicide according to his son.

3 Academics  Takaki attended graduate school at the University of California; where he earned his masters in  He received his PhD in American history from Berkeley in  His dissertation was on American slavery, and the rationale for slavery.  Which influenced his first published work A Pro-slavery Crusade: The Agitation to Reopen the African Slave Trade in 1971.

4 Career  Takaki taught the first black history course at UCLA.  While at UCLA he helped found the UCLA Centers for African-American, Asian-American, Chicano, and Native-American Studies  In 1972, he accepted a teaching position at Berkeley where his general survey course, "Racial Inequality in America: a Comparative Perspective," led the development of an undergraduate ethnic studies major and an ethnic studies Ph.D. program.  He taught at Berkeley for thirty years until his death.

5 Career  He was often considered the father of multicultural studies.  Takaki was often a guest lecturer around the world and the most in demand professor.  In 1987, Takaki was invited to Armenia by the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union where he represented a paper comparing race and ethnicity in the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. In 1990, he was invited to Moscow by the Soviet Academy of Sciences to give a paper on the impact of the Cold War on racial and ethnic conflicts.

6 Published Works  A Pro-slavery Crusade: The Agitation to Reopen the African Slave Trade.  Iron cages: race and culture in nineteenth-century America.  Pau Hana: Plantation Life and Labor in Hawaii,  Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans.  Violence in the Black Imagination: Essays and Documents.  A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America.  Issei and Nisei: The Settling of Japanese America, with Rebecca Steoff.  From the Land of Morning Calm: The Koreans in America.  From Different Shores: Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America.  Ethnic Islands: The Emergence of Urban Chinese America.  Lives of Notable Asian Americans: Business, Politics, Science with Angelo Ragaza.  India in the West: South Asians in America.  Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb.  Double Victory: A Multicultural History of America in World War II.  Debating Diversity: Clashing Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America.

7 Honors  Bay Area Book Reviewers Association, Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award,  Asia Pacific Council, Lifetime Achievement Award,  Society of American Historians (SAH),  Cornell University, Messenger Lecturer,  Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS), Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009.


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