Alan Nishio

Alan Nishio retired from CSU Long Beach after a career teaching in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies and serving as Associate Vice President of Student Services. Within the community, Mr. Nishio was a founder and co-chair of the National Coalition of Redress/Reparations, an organization that played a significant role in the redress campaign for Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. He is also past President of the California Conference for Equality and Justice, a leading human relations organization in the state. Mr. Nishio’s current community involvement includes serving as President of the Board of the Little Tokyo Service Center, the leading Asian Pacific American community development corporation in the region. He is also a member of the Board of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and is active with the U.S.–Japan Council in their work with non-profit organizations in Japan.

Updated October 2013 

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Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity

Legacy of Redress: Stand Up, Speak Out!

I was born in Manzanar on August 9, 1945, the day that the United States dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan. Three days earlier, the United States had dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, where my grandfather died as a result of the bomb. Like many of you here, I came of age in the 1960s. In my first year at UC Berkeley, I became involved in the Free Speech Movement, and then later became involved in the Civil Rights Movement, the movement against the Viet Nam War, and also the fight for ethnic studies and educational opportunity programs on our nation’s campuses.…

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