1939- 2009 Ronald Takaki - Biography Born in a low income area in Oahu, Hawai’i, he is the grandson of Japanese immigrants who worked on a sugar plantation. He attended the college of Wooster in Wooster ,Ohio after a teacher wrote him a recommendation to the college. At Wooster he gained a sense of his ethnic identity as 1 of 2 Asian American Students at the college. He received his bachelors degree in history in 1961. Takaki suffered from multiple sclerosis for twenty years until 2009 when he committed suicide according to his son. Academics Takaki attended graduate school at the University of California; where he earned his masters in 1962. He received his PhD in American history from Berkeley in 1967. His dissertation was on American slavery, and the rationale for slavery. Which influenced his first published work A Pro-slavery Crusade: The Agitation to Reopen the African Slave Trade in 1971. Career Takaki taught the first black history course at UCLA. While at UCLA he helped found the UCLA Centers for African-American, Asian-American, Chicano, and Native-American Studies In 1972, he accepted a teaching position at Berkeley where his general survey course, "Racial Inequality in America: a Comparative Perspective," led the development of an undergraduate ethnic studies major and an ethnic studies Ph.D. program. He taught at Berkeley for thirty years until his death. Career He was often considered the father of multicultural studies. Takaki was often a guest lecturer around the world and the most in demand professor. In 1987, Takaki was invited to Armenia by the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union where he represented a paper comparing race and ethnicity in the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. In 1990, he was invited to Moscow by the Soviet Academy of Sciences to give a paper on the impact of the Cold War on racial and ethnic conflicts. Published Works 1971 -- A Pro-slavery Crusade: The Agitation to Reopen the African Slave Trade. 1978 -- Iron cages: race and culture in nineteenth-century America. 1984 -- Pau Hana: Plantation Life and Labor in Hawaii, 1835-1920. 1989 -- Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans. 1993 -- Violence in the Black Imagination: Essays and Documents. 1993 -- A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America. 1994 -- Issei and Nisei: The Settling of Japanese America, with Rebecca Steoff. 1994 -- From the Land of Morning Calm: The Koreans in America. 1994 -- From Different Shores: Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America. 1994 -- Ethnic Islands: The Emergence of Urban Chinese America. 1995 -- Lives of Notable Asian Americans: Business, Politics, Science with Angelo Ragaza. 1995 -- India in the West: South Asians in America. 1995 -- Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb. 2001 -- Double Victory: A Multicultural History of America in World War II. 2002 -- Debating Diversity: Clashing Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America. Honors Bay Area Book Reviewers Association, Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award, 2002. Asia Pacific Council, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2002. Society of American Historians (SAH), 1995. Cornell University, Messenger Lecturer, 1993. Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS), Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009.