Talk on Japanese American History and Identity

Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks’s lecture will incorporate Japanese American history and experience through the personal lens of his wife’s family (She is a Sansei; third generation Japanese American), his family (an interracial “War Bride” family) and his family intersecting multiple communities within and outside of the Japanese American community. Ample time will be provided to interact with Dr. Rooks, so bring plenty of questions.

EVENT: Talk on “A Japanese America Story: Resilience, Retention and Revitalization”
WHEN: May 23, 2019 (Thursday), 1:20 PM ~ 14:50 PM (3rd period)
WHERE: Aoyama Gakuin University; Aoyama Campus; Building 9, Room 940 (On 4th Floor) Click here.
LANGUAGE: English
TARGET AUDIENCE: All English Department IE students and any other interested students and faculty. individuals from outside of the university are also welcome.

Biography:

Dr. Rooks earned his B.A. in 1979 with a double major in Economics and Asian Studies (honors) from Dartmouth College. He received his M.A. in Public Policy from Trinity College in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Comparative Culture from the University of California, Irvine. In 1996, he was a University of California Regents Fellow. Prior to his appointment at LMU, Dr. Rooks was a tenured assistant professor in Asian American Studies at San Jose State University.

His research interests include applied community-based research focusing on cultural competency in community health and ethnic community development. Current projects include a cultural assessment of Japanese and African American senior care-giving needs and community partnerships in chronic disease needs assessment in the Samoan community. A second research trajectory focuses on Asian American multiracial identity and diversity.

To be better prepared for the event and to learn something about Japanese American cultural history, check out this informative website: https://densho.org/.

NOTE: Toward the end of the lecture a feedback sheet was distributed. On that sheet, students could write questions that they may not have had time to ask Dr. Rooks during the lecture. All of those questions were subsequently compiled and sent to Dr. Rooks. He painstakingly answered all of the questions and sent his responses back to us. Here are the answers in their entirety: Responses to Student Questions

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