James Hirabayashi Interview Segment 1

Making the decision to study anthropology as an undergraduate (ddr-densho-1000-220-1) - 00:04:15
Doing field study in Japan for master's degree (ddr-densho-1000-220-2) - 00:07:20
Enrolling in the anthropology PhD program at Harvard, obtaining a faculty position at San Francisco State (ddr-densho-1000-220-3) - 00:04:25
Teaching at San Francisco State, getting an opportunity to go to Eastern Nigeria (ddr-densho-1000-220-4) - 00:05:40
Description of field work in Eastern Nigeria (ddr-densho-1000-220-5) - 00:10:16
Returning to San Francisco State during a time of student unrest (ddr-densho-1000-220-6) - 00:05:54
Work with the Asian American Political Alliance and Third World Liberation Front, ethnic student organizations (ddr-densho-1000-220-7) - 00:06:39
Work with S.I. Hayakawa, president of San Francisco State (ddr-densho-1000-220-8) - 00:09:14
Description of San Francisco's Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-220-9) - 00:03:48
The impact of the San Francisco State strike on ethnic studies (ddr-densho-1000-220-10) - 00:08:23
Participating in a research study in Guam: influence on personal ethnic identity (ddr-densho-1000-220-11) - 00:06:21
Teaching and traveling in various countries (ddr-densho-1000-220-12) - 00:06:11
Thoughts on the future of Japanese American studies, community (ddr-densho-1000-220-13) - 00:08:37
Traveling with son (ddr-densho-1000-220-14) - 00:09:11
Influence of the World War II stand taken by brother, Gordon Hirabayashi (ddr-densho-1000-220-15) - 00:14:25
Reflections: importance of museums and educational nonprofits (ddr-densho-1000-220-16) - 00:05:53
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Making the decision to study anthropology as an undergraduate

00:04:15 — Segment 1 of 16

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July 4, 2008

Densho Visual History Collection


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Jim Hirabayashi

James Hirabayashi Interview

01:56:32 — 16 segments

July 4, 2008

Denver, Colorado

Nisei male. Born October 30, 1926, in small town of Thomas, Washington, on family farm. Attended school in Auburn, Washington, before being removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Left camp to work in Idaho, and was subsequently joined by family. Postwar, became a social anthropologist, and later became only the second Nisei to teach at San Francisco State University. Instrumental in the struggle to establish the field of Ethnic Studies. Brother of Gordon Hirabayashi, who defied the curfew and removal orders in 1942, and was arrested, convicted, and imprisoned. Gordon Hirabayashi's conviction was vacated in 1986.

Megan Asaka, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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