People need to know who James Akira Hirabayashi was. A scholar and an activist, he was one of the professors who “risked their jobs when they went on strike in 1968, a historic social movement that led to the creation of the first autonomous school of ethnic studies” at San Francisco State University. He later became the chair of the department. He was also an earlier advisor and employee of the Japanese American National Museum and according to one of my colleagues, helped shape the “philosophical foundation of the museum that continues to guide our work today.” This is just a way of saying that Mr. Hirabayashi in my hero and he is proof that not heroes are made on a battle field.
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