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Donald Teruo Hata - Oral Testimonies of Former Japanese-American Internees

Donald Teruo Hata

Dr. Donald Teruo Hata was born in East Los Angeles, California in 1939. A native Californian and a 4th-generation U.S. citizen of Japanese ancestry, he was three years old when he was incarcerated with his family at Gila River, Arizona from 1942 to 1945. He worked as a migrant child laborer while at Gila River, and was released periodically with his parents, others of Japanese ancestry, and reservation Indians in rural Arizona for agricultural labor jobs. Dr. Hata is emeritus professor of history at California State University, Dominguez Hills, a recipient of the CSU Trustees Systemwide Outstanding Professor Award, and author of Japanese Americans and World War II: Mass Removal Imprisonment, and Redress. He served as planning commissioner and city councilman in Gardena, California, was on the governing boards of the California Historical Society and the Historical Society of Southern California, and was an elected officer of the American Historical Association.