Harry Kitano was born in San Francisco, Calif. on Feb. 14, 1926 to Motoji and Kou Yuki Kitano. After the bombing of Pearl
Harbor, the Kitano family was sent to the Assembly Center at the Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, Calif. Six months later,
the family was sent to an internment camp in Topaz, Utah where they remained until 1945. Kitano's first book,
Japanese Americans : the emergence of a subculture, was a pioneering sociological study in the field of Asian American studies. His
Race Relations (1974), became a standard textbook. Kitano was also the co-author of a few books, including:
Asian Americans : emerging minorities, with Roger Daniels;
Achieving the impossible dream : how Japanese Americans obtained redress, with Mitchell T. Maki and S. Megan Berthold; and,
American racism, with Roger Daniels. Includes files related to teaching and research, research materials and manuscripts for publications,
dissertations and theses submitted by Kitano's students and correspondence.
Harry Kitano was born in San Francisco, California, 14 February 1926 to Motoji and Kou Yuki Kitano. Raised in San Francisco's
Chinatown, Kitano attended Galileo High School. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Kitano family was sent to the Assembly
Center at the Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, California. Six months later, the family was sent to an internment camp
in Topaz, Utah where they remained until 1945. After the war, Kitano attended the University of California, Berkeley, where
he received his BA (1948), M.S.W. (1951) and his Ph.D. (1958). He taught at UCLA from 1958 until his retirement in 1995,
teaching in the departments of Social Welfare and Sociology. He served twice as Acting Director of the American Asian Studies
Center and also as Co-Director of the UCLA Alcohol Research Center. He was the first to hold the endowed chair for Japanese
American Studies at UCLA, established in 1990.
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