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Deaf and World War II: Asian Deaf History Books

Find resources related to Deaf People during the WW II years.
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Asian Deaf History Books

Ronald M. Hirano Transcript

Conducted by Lu Ann Sleeper in 2013, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2015. Note: This interview was conducted in American Sign Language. The written transcript is available online. The video interview is available in The Bancroft Library.

Photograph of Ron Hirano. He has white hair, a moustache, and is wearing glasses.Ronald Hirano discusses his family background and his experiences as a student at the California School for the Deaf [CSD], Gallaudet, and at several colleges in California. He describes the impact of World War II on his and his parents’ lives, their incarceration in Topaz, while he stayed in Berkeley at CSD with foster mother Delight Rice. He relates experiences of how his deafness played a role in his development during and after the war and explains how his study and travel have enriched his knowledge of the Deaf community. Ronald wrote a related biography The Life Story of Mother Delight Rice and Her Children: The First Teacher of the Deaf in the Phillipines.

Nancy Ikeda Baldwin Transcript

Conducted by Lu Ann Sleeper in 2013, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2015.
Note: This interview was conducted in American Sign Language. The written transcript is available online. The video interview is available in The Bancroft Library.

 
Photo of Nancy Baldwin. She has chin length gray hair, glasses and is wearing a rust color vest over a black long-sleeved shirt.

Nancy Baldwin describes growing up in rural California with an entirely Deaf family. She discusses how her parents communicated with her and how her family learned of Executive Order 9066, and the family’s subsequent experiences at multiple incarceration camps during World War II. She recalls how others related to her deafness, including at the camps, at the California School for the Deaf, and generally in her life upon returning to California after the war.

 

Look at the Deaf Asians section of the Deaf People and WW II website for more information.

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