Ronald Takaki, prominent ethnic scholar, is dead

TakakiRonald Takaki, a Japanese-American historian and ethnographer from Hawaii, died yesterday at the age of 70. He was a huge advocate of racial equality, and played a big role in fighting things like the model minority stereotype for Asians, but also, he was the first person to ever teach a class on black history in the UC system. He wrote interesting books well worth reading, like A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America and Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb. UC Berkeley plans to publish a full obit tomorrow, but I just wanted to put up a quick post about it. May he rest in peace.

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2 thoughts on “Ronald Takaki, prominent ethnic scholar, is dead

  1. Bit late, but a shame to hear. I’ve read Strangers from a different shore and Hiroshima. He was a great author and will live on through his work. Think I’ll go read something of his in remembrance.

  2. I attended one of his lecture when he visited University of Houston-Downtown one year and bought a copy of A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America.
    I should re-read it again.