Harry H. L. Kitano


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(1926–2006) Professor Emeritus Harry H. L. Kitano, the son of Japanese immigrants, was born in San Francisco, California. During World War II, he and his family were sent to Topaz “Relocation” Camp in Utah in accordance with Executive Order 9066. After the war, he entered U.C. Berkeley and by 1958 had completed his BA, MSW, and PhD degrees. He then joined the UCLA faculty with joint appointments in the Departments of Social Welfare and Sociology. During this time, he also was acting director of the Asian American Study Center, academic affirmative action officer, acting chair of the Department of Social Welfare, and a visiting professor at universities in Japan, England, and Hawaii. In 1990, he was appointed as the first incumbent of the Endowed Chair in Japanese American Studies at UCLA, the only academic Chair of its kind in an American university. Other honors include Nisei of the Biennium and Nikkei of the Year from the Japanese American Citizens League and Outstanding Volunteer from the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission. He served on the U.S. Department of Defense's Equal Opportunity Management Institute Board of Visitors (Chair), the Advisory Committee for Columbia University's Minority Leadership Project, the Los Angeles Police Department Advisory Committee, and the Japanese American National Museum.


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