Umemoto Remembers Mentor Lane Hirabayashi

A Rafu Shimpo obituary of renowned scholar and author Lane Ryo Hirabayashi included a tribute from Urban Planning Professor Karen Umemoto. Hirabayashi, professor emeritus of Asian American Studies at UCLA, died Aug. 8 at age 67. “We will sorely miss Lane Hirabayashi, a beloved teacher, mentor and friend,” said Umemoto, director of UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center. “He left us a priceless gift in his lifetime of scholarly research and writings on Japanese American history, and World War II incarceration history in particular.” Hirabayashi authored over 30 scholarly articles, taught courses on the Japanese American experience and Asian American studies, and worked with many community-based organizations. “His work advanced the field of Japanese American studies and also community-driven public history,” Umemoto said. “We are humbled by his selfless contributions to the community as well as to the generations of students and colleagues who were transformed by his wisdom and generosity.”


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