Arthur A. Hansen

Art Hansen is Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies at California State University, Fullerton, where he retired in 2008 as the director of the Center for Oral and Public History.  Between 2001 and 2005, he served as Senior Historian at the Japanese American National Museum.

Updated October 2009

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The Harada House of Riverside, California: A Milestone in Japanese American Resistance to Racist Oppression - Part 2 of 6

Read Part 1 >>But let me now take you back to my earliest interactions with this remarkable woman. *  *  * On August 24, 1973, I conducted the first of my two interview sessions with Sue Kunitomi Embrey, who was then employed by UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center in a liaison capacity with Los Angeles’s large Japanese American population. This interview was the very first one of several hundred I would eventually transact as an oral historian, most of them with Japanese Americans and many with individuals connected with resistance activities. During the drive …

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The Harada House of Riverside, California: A Milestone in Japanese American Resistance to Racist Oppression - Part 1 of 6

(Presentation at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, in Riverside, California, on October 20, 2012, for a program to celebrate publication of Mark Howland Rawitsch’s 2012 book, The House on Lemon Street: Japanese Pioneers and the American Dream, published by the University Press of Colorado in the Lane Hirabayashi-edited NIKKEI IN THE AMERICAS series) [inline:speakers.jpg] Much like houses and homes, intellectual projects and professional careers are works in progress, social constructions enacted over time and contingent upon such circumstantial factors as people and places and the co…

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BETRAYED TRUST: The Story of a Deported Issei and His American-born Family during World War II - Foreword Part 2

Read Part 1 >> As one who was a close friend of Michi Weglyn’s, I am quite sure that if alive today she would be championing the current publication of Betrayed Trust. “Proof” for this assertion can be found in something she wrote in June 1998, a year before her death, and which was read, in her absence, at the July 2, 1998, opening ceremony of the Tule Lake Pilgrimage. Her statement, later published, in 2000, as the preface to the second edition of the Tule Lake Committee’s publication Kinenhi, deserves to be experienced in its entirety, but only the most g…

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BETRAYED TRUST: The Story of a Deported Issei and His American-Born Family During World War II - Foreword Part 1

Betrayed Trust: The Story of a Deported Issei and His American-born Family during World War II is a truly remarkable book. While there are now extant numerous published studies (fiction as well as non-fiction) that illuminate the controversial Tule Lake Segregation Center, Betrayed Trust is the first book-length manuscript to interpret it via the fascinating perspective of a key leader in that concentration camp’s much demonized but little understood (and actually quite diverse and fiercely contested) resegregation movement). [inline:BetrayedTrust_cover.jpg] The book’s author is…

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Nikkei Agriculture in Orange County, California, the Masuda Farm Family, and the American Way of Redressing Racism - Part 6 of 6

Read part 5 >> But there is still more to the Masuda family story. In 1948 when Kazuo’s remains had been disinterred from his grave in Italy and shipped to the United States for reburial in his native Orange County, the family had a rude surprise when they met with the manager of the Westminster Memorial Cemetery to make burial arrangements. He informed the family that the cemetery was a racially restricted one, and this meant that Sergeant Kazuo Masuda could not be buried in a desirable spot within the cemetery (desirable meaning a central location with trees and a lawn…

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