Ronald Takaki
AUTHOR

Ronald Takaki

Tap the gear icon above to manage new release emails.
My grandfather emigrated from Japan to work on the cane fields of Hawaii in 1886, and my mother was born on the Hawi Plantation. As a teenager growing up on Oahu, I was not academically inclined but was actually a surfer. During my senior year, I took a religion course taught by Dr. Shunji Nishi, a Japanese American with a Ph.D. I remember going home and asking my mother, who only had an eighth-grade education: "Mom, what's a Ph.D.?" She answered: "I don't know but he must be very smart." Dr. Nishi became a role model for me, and he arranged for me to attend the College of Wooster. There my fellow white students asked me questions like: "How long have you been in this county? Where did you learn to speak English?" They did not see me as a fellow American. I did not look white or European in ancestry. As a scholar, I have been seeking to write a more inclusive and hence more accurate history of Americans, Chicanos, Native Americans as well as certain European immigrant groups like the Irish and Jews. My scholarship seeks not to separate our diverse groups but to show how our experiences were different but they were not disparate. Multicultural history, as I write and present it, leads not to what Schlesinger calls the "disuniting of America" but rather to the re-uniting of America.
Read more Read less
You're getting a free audiobook


You're getting a free audiobook.

$14.95 per month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Best Sellers

Product List
  • Regular price: $25.79 or 1 credit

    Sale price: $25.79 or 1 credit

    Included in Plus membership
  • Regular price: $21.49 or 1 credit

    Sale price: $21.49 or 1 credit

    Included in Plus membership
  • Regular price: $17.99 or 1 credit

    Sale price: $17.99 or 1 credit

    • A Multicultural History of America in World War II
    • By: Ronald Takaki
    • Narrated by: Edward Lewis
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Release date: 03-20-06
    • Language: English
    • 4 out of 5 stars 27 ratings

    Regular price: $13.22 or 1 credit

    Sale price: $13.22 or 1 credit

    Included in Plus membership

Are you an author?

Help us improve our Author Pages by updating your bibliography and submitting a new or current image and biography.