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Donald T. Hata, Ph.D.

Title: Emeritus Professor, History

Department: History

Email Username: dhata

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Selected Publications

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  • Hata, Donald and Nadine Hata, "Indispensable Scapegoats: Asians & Pacific Islanders in Pre-1945 Los Angeles," in CITY OF PROMISE:  Race and Historical Change in Los Angeles. Martin Schiesl and Mark Dodge (eds.).  Claremont, CA:  Regina Books, 2006.
  • Hata, Donald Teruo and Nadine Ishitani Hata.  "Justice Delayed But Not Denied" [on the Japanese American Redress Movement] chapter in Alien Justice:  Wartime Internment in Australia and North America .  Kay Saunders and Roger Daniels (eds.)  Australia: University of Queensland Press, 2000.
  • Hata, Don and Nadine Hata.  The "Scavenger Hunt" research paper assignment in "Thinking Historically: Challenges and Solutions," in Perspectives on Teaching Innovations: Teaching to Think Historically .  A collection of essays from  Perspectives, newsletter of the American Historical Association.  1999.
  • Hata, Donald T., Jr. and Nadine Ishitani Hata. "Asian-Pacific Angelinos: Model Minorities and Indispensable Scapegoats," chapter in 20th Century Los Angeles: Power, Promotion, and Social Conflict. Norman Klein and Martin Schiesl (eds.). Claremont, CA: Regina Books, 1990.
  • Hata, Donald T., Jr. and Nadine Ishitani Hata. "California Asians," chapter in A Guide to the History of California, Doyce B. Nunis and Gloria Lothrop (eds). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1989.
  • Hata, Don and Nadine. "George Shima: The Potato King of California,"  Journal of the West issue on "Business Entrepreneurs in the West." 1986
  • Hata, Donald T. Undesirables: Early Immigrants and the Anti-Japanese Movement in San Francisco, 1892 - 1893, Prelude to Exclusion. New York: Arno Press, 1978.
  • Hata, Donald Teruo, Jr., and Nadine Ishitani Hata.  "Run Out and Ripped Off:  A Legacy of Discrimination."  Special Asian/Pacific American ed. of Civil Rights Digest, Fall 1976.
  • Hata, Don and Nadine.   "I Wonder Where the Yellow Went?  Distortions and Omissions of Asian Americans in California Education." Integrated Education. May-June, 1974..
  • Hata, Donald Teruo and Nadine Ishitani Hata.  Japanese Americans & World War II.  Forum Press, 1974.
  • Don Hata, Jr.  "Asian Americans and Education for Cultural Pluralism," chapter in Cultural Pluralism in Education: A Mandate for Change, M. Stent, W. Hazard and H.Rivlin (eds).  N.Y.: Appleton-Century Crofts, 1973.
  • Book reviews in:   The American Historical Review, California History , The Californians , The International Migration Review The Journal of American History, The Journal of Ethnic History , Southern California Quarterly , and Western Historical Quarterly .


Selected Keynote Speeches

  • 2012. Donald Hata (with Hatsuko Mary Higuchi). "Day of Rememberance: 70th Anniversary of the Signing of Executive Order 9066." Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute. February. [local] View on YouTube.
  • 2011. Donald Hata. "Day of Rememberance: The Unfinished Business." UC Irvine Tomo No Kai (Association of Friends) student association. February. [regional]
  • 2011. Don Hata. "Japanese Americans and World War II: Mass Removal, Imprisonment, and Redress." Author's talk at the unveiling of Hatsuko Mary Higuchi's commissioned painting, E Pluribus Unum, for the university's 50th Anniversary. CSUDH. May. [local].  Read article in Dateline Dominguez and Poston Camp Updates.
  • 2010 Donald Teruo Hata. "Kids Behind Barbed Wire: Surviving the World War II Nikkei Gulag and Diaspora." Albany Civil Rights Insitute, Albany, GA. December. [regional]. 
  • 1991 Don Hata. “Public Higher Education Pays, Not Costs, the Taxpayers.” Annual Honors Convocation. CSUDH. [local]
  • 1981 Don and Nadine Hata. “Using the Past as Prologue for Educators Concerned with Asian and Pacific American Students.” Annual Third World Counselors Association conference. UC Davis. March. [statewide]
  • 1979 Don Hata. “Beyond Polemics: The Asian and Pacific American Experience in American Education.” 3 rd Annual Conference on “The Asian American Experience in Education: A Call for New Directions.” Sponsored by the Chicago Board of Education, the Illinois State Office of Education, the Midwest National Origin Desegregation Center for Asian Assistance, and the ESEA-Title VII Midwest Resource Center. Chicago, May. [regional]
  • 1979 Don Hata. “Birthright of Barbed Wire: The Japanese American Internment Camp Experience.” To the entire Sophomore Class of Occidental College, Core Program on “Contemporary American Culture. Occidental College, May. [local]
  • 1978 Don and Nadine Hata. “A Brief History of the Cooperative Effort to Construct a Japanese Garden at Dominguez Hills: A Symbol of the Ideal Relationship Between the College and Its Communities.” Annual Awards and Installation Dinner, Gardena Valley Gardeners Association. Torrance, January [local]
  • 1974 Don Hata. “The Quiet and Meek Japanese American: An Image In Need of Change.” Annual installation banquet, Los Angeles Southwest Gardeners' Association. Montebello, January. [local-regional]
  • 1974 Don Hata. “The Yellow Peril: Dead or Alive?” Lecture Series on “California: Myths & Realities. UC Irvine, February. [local]


Selected Conference Presentations and Lectures

  • 2012. Donald Hata, with Hatsuko Mary Higuchi, Sumiko Ida Fujimoto, Carol Tomiko Miura. "Lives Before, During, and After E.O. 9066: Oral Testimonies of Former Japanese American Internees." Santa Ana College. April. [local]
  • 2011. Donald T. Hata. "Japanese Americans and World War II: Mass Removal, Imprisonment, and Redress." Author's talk in conjunction with the exhibition "Building Evidence," by the University Library, Archives, and Special Collections. November. [local]
  • 2011. Donald Hata, with Ruth Y. Okimoto, Steven Okazaki, Gayle Yamada. "70 Years Since Executive Order 9066: 1942-2012." Co-sponsered by Stanford Program on International and Cross Cultural Education (SPICE), the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC), the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA). Stanford University, November. [regional] . View Video presentaton. Read summary of program.
  • 2011. Donald Hata, with Tetsuden Kashima, Roger Daniels, Karen Ishizuka, Mako Nakagawa. "CAST IN BRONZE: Terminology and Memory of the Japanese American World War II Incarceration. Co-sponsered by the Aratani Endowed Chair, Asian American Studies, UCLA, and the Tule Lake Committee. San Francisco. October. [regional]
  • 2011. Don Hata, with Hatsuko Mary Higuchi. "The Road Back: Release, Recovery, and Redress." 23 July 2011. Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, CA. July.
  • 2010. Don Hata, with Hatsuko Mary Higuchi. "Kids in the Nikkei Diaspora." Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, CA. August.
  • 2010. Donald Hatat, with Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, Karen Ishizuka, and Mitch Maki. "WORDS CAN LIE OR CLARIFY: Terminology of the World War II Incarceration of Japanese Americans." 50th Anniversary program, California State University, Dominguez Hills. Carson, CA. May. [local]
  • 2009. Donald Hata, with James Hirabayashi, George Nakano. "Concentration Camps vs. Relocation Centers, Internees vs. Prisoners: Inaccurate Terms That Distort What Really Happened." Tule Lake Pilgrimage. Tule Lake, CA. July. [regional-national]
  • 1998 Don Hata, Farah Fisher, Naomi Moy , and three undergraduates: Traci Liley, Michael Rummler, Carla Tsuda. “The Kenkyu [Research] Project: A Case Study of a Collaboration by Undergraduate Students, University Reference Librarians, and Teaching Faculty to identify and compile an Annotated Bibliography as Supplements or Substitutes for Maps and Other Classroom Materials [due to freezing of library budget],” a panel at the 6 th Annual El Camino College and CSUDH Conference on Undergraduate Teaching and Learning. ECC, April 24. [local-regional]
  • 1984 Don and Nadine Hata. “Still Separate and Unequal?” Plenary session panel on “Diversity Without Divisiveness: A Usable History for a Culturally Diverse State,” at the CLIO conference on “History in the Public Schools: What Shall We Teach?” Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education and the California State Department of Education. UC Berkeley, August. [statewide-regional]
  • 1979 Don and Nadine Hata. “Asian and Pacific American Dimensions.” Symposium on the “Family and Community.” Sponsored by the Graduate Program in Historical Studies and the National Archives and Records Service (GSA Region IX). UC Santa Barbara, January. [regional]
  • 1978 Don Hata and Dwight Chuman [English editor, Los Angeles Rafu Shimpo ]. “Los Angeles' Lil' Toky A Case Study of Social Impacts of Historic Preservation–Conflicts and Opportunities.” 3 rd Annual California Historic Preservation Conference on “Preservation of the Total Environment: Building the Preservation-Conservation Constituency.” Sponsored by the State Office of Historic Preservation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Californians for Preservation Action. San Jose, May. [statewide]
  • 1976 Don and Nadine Hata. “Problems and Potential in Tracing Minority Family History: Case Study of Asian and Pacific Americans.” Special Bicentennial of the American Revolution Symposium on “Historical Perspectives on the Family and Society.” Sponsored by the National Archives and Records Center, the USC History Department, and the History Team of the Los Angeles City Bicentennial Committee. USC, January. [local-regional]
  • 1976 Don Hata and student research papers by Doreen Murakami and Susan Ozawa, Chris Uyemura, Theresa Shimatsu, Nancy Nakasone, Judy Tachibana, Sam Nakada. “Asian and Pacific Americans: New Dimensions of Research and Understanding, Problems, and Potential.” Annual Conference, Phi Alpha Theta National History Honorary Society. Anaheim, April. [national]
  • 1974 Don and Nadine Hata. “I Wonder Where the Yellow Went? Distortions, Omissions and Related Problems of Asian and Pacific Americans in California Education.” Annual National Convention of the American Educational Research Association. Chicago, April. [national]
  • 1970 Don Hata. “Ethnic History, Valid Or Not? An Asian American View.” Annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. Portland, September. [regional]


Selected Photo Exhibits

  • 1989 Naomi Ogawa Moy and Donald Teruo Hata. “Japanese Americans and World War II.” Photographs, publications, private correspondence, government documents, and artifacts. University Library, CSUDH.
  • 1987 Don Hata and Naomi Moy. “Japanese Americans and World War II.” Photographs, publications, private correspondence, government documents, and artifacts. University Library, CSUDH.
  • 1978 Don and Nadine Hata. “A Comprehensive Photographic History of the Community-Campus project to construct an authentic Japanese garden at CSUDH.” Learn more about the year-long project (1977-78) on the Archives & Special Collections "Japanese Garden Collection" web page. See photos by clicking on links in the "Japanese Garden Scrapbook."
  • 1971 Don and Nadine Hata. “Life and Conditions in America's Concentration Camps: Manzanar, California.” Annual meeting of the Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies. San Diego, October. [regional]



  • 1969 John and Dora Haynes Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of Southern California.
  • 1965 Ford Foundation Foreign Area Travel Fellowship (Japan).
  • 1965 U.S. NDEA (National Defense Education Act, Title VI) Fellowship for independent research and intensive language-area studies in Japan.
  • 1964 U.S. NDEA Graduate Fellowship, Japanese language and area studies, University of Southern California.
  • 1962 U.S. NDEA Graduate Fellowship, Chinese (Mandarin) language and area studies, University of Southern California.


Academic Awards and Honors

  • 1998 Teacher of the Year Award , Associated Students, Inc., CSUDH.
  • 1996 Outstanding Professor Award , Associated Students, Inc., CSUDH.
  • 1990 Systemwide Outstanding Professor Award, 1989-90. California State University Board of Trustees. "For high achievement in teaching, scholarship and public service."
  • 1980 Award of Merit, California Historical Society (with Nadine Hata) "in recognition of your pioneer efforts to clarify the historic role of Japanese Americans in California through your writing, teaching and public service."
  • 1977 Lyle Gibson Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, CSUDH
  • Danforth Foundation Associate (with Nadine Hata), 1971-83.


Civic Engagement

  • 2012.  Facilitator, local arrangements.  National Park Service Planning.  Southern California Planning Meetings for the Tule Lake Unit of the "World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument." Gardena and Los Angeles, CA.  August.
  • 2010. Nisei [Honorary] Diploma Project Committee. CSU Dominguez Hills
  • 2010. Consultant to the National Park Service, Western Regional Office.  Foundation Statement Workshops on the Tule Lake Unit, "World War II Valor in the Pacific Monument."  Oakland and San Francisco, CA.  2010-2011.
  • 2007 CERT Academy (Community Emergency Response Team), City of Redondo Beach Fire Department.
  • 2005 Advisory Committee, Dr. Nadine Ishitani Hata Memorial Scholarship for Graduates of El Camino College programs in Nursing, Radiological Technology, and Respiratory Care. El Camino Community College.
  • 1989 National Scholarly Advisory Council, Japanese American National Museum.
  • 1988 Vice President, Board of Trustees, California Historical Society. San Francisco.
  • 1988-89. 1986 Advisory Committee, KCET Public TV , "L.A. History Project" documentary. L.A. 1986-90.
  • 1986 Advisory Committee, Historic Resources Inventory. City of Redondo Beach.
  • 1986 Board of Directors, Mid-Cities Schools Credit Union, Compton, CA. 1986-88.
  • 1986 Board of Directors, El Pueblo Historic Park Association. Los Angeles.
  • 1985 Planning Committee, History Day in Los Angeles, 1985-92.
  • 1985 State Advisory Committee, History Day in California, Sacramento. 1985-92.
  • 1979 Advisory Committee, City of Gardena Historic Sites Survey. Supported by State Office of Historic Preservation. 1979-80.
  • 1979 Board of Directors, El Nido Services for Youth & Parent Counseling & Lodges for Troubled Young Women. Los Angeles. 1979-80.
  • 1979 Board of Trustees, California Historical Society. San Francisco. 1979-89.
  • 1978 Board of Directors, Western Law Center for the Handicapped. Los Angeles. 1978-80.
  • 1978 Board of Directors, Historical Society of Southern California. 1978-80. Chair, Membership Committee, 1979. Los Angeles
  • 1978 Chair, Pobladores Subcommittee, City of Los Angeles, to research and draft a commemorative plaque to honor the founders (Los Pobladores) for the City's Bicentennial celebration in 1981. History Committee of the Los Angeles 200, City of Los Angeles. 1978-80.


Government & Politics


  • 1973  City Councilman, City of Gardena, CA.  1973-76.
  • 1971   Planning Commissioner, City of Gardena, CA.  1971-73.



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