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Ordinary Lives Making a Difference: Japanese Americans and Justice

Thomas Fujita-Rony

When: Thursday, April 19
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: D-101

Guest Speaker: Dr. Thomas Fujita-Rony, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)

Dr. Thomas Fujita-Rony will talk about about civic responsibility and social justice. He will share how Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, the chief archivist for the Japanese-American redress movement and a secretary, found the information that made redress possible and how Fred Korematsu, a civil rights activist who resisted internment, took his case all the way to the Supreme Court.

About Dr. Thomas Fujita-Rony
Dr. Thomas Fujita-Rony is a third generation Japanese American, born and raised in Hawai'i as the second son of two union stewards, one a social worker and the other a clinical psychologist. He earned a B.A. in American Studies with a concentration in Women's Studies from Yale, then an M.A. in Asian American Studies from UCLA, and in 1995, an American Culture Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty at CSUF in 1998, becoming the first full-time Asian American Studies professor. In 2006, he became the Coordinator of the Asian American Studies program.


​“The hardest choices in life aren't between what's right and what's
wrong but between what's right
and what's best
― Jamie Ford