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In Memory of Ronald Takaki

New America Media, Audio, Staff Posted: May 30, 2009

New America Media mourns the loss of Ronald Takaki, an Asian American Studies scholar, NAM contributor and friend who passed away this week.

Takaki, an author and historian, was born in 1939 in Hawaii. He is regarded as a key civil rights expert due to an unwavering dedication to educating on multi-culturalism in the United States. Most recently, Takaki was a professor emeritus of ethnic studies at the UC Berkeley, and educator of U.S. race relations who taught Berkeleys first black history course and helped dispel stereotypes such as the Asian American model minority myth. In 1972, Takaki accepted a teaching position at UC Berkeley where his course, Racial Inequality in America: A Comparative Perspective, led to the development of an undergraduate ethnic studies major and an ethnic studies Ph.D. program.

Perhaps his most famous book, Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans, examined the diverse history of APAs and is a template for many Asian American Studies students today. Iron Cages: Race and Culture in 19th Century America was critically acclaimed.

Ronald Takaki appeared on New America Now's radio show UpFront in August 2005 to talk about the anniversary of the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima, a subject that he felt passionately about and wrote extensively on.


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Articles by Ron Takaki for New America Media

Why Do We Consider Obama to Be Black?

Barack Obama: A New Voice for Asian Americans

The Lessons of Hiroshima



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