Lane Ryo Hirabayashi


3336 Rolfe Hall
Box 957225
Los Angeles, CA 90095




Post-doctoral fellowship, UCLA, 1981-1982
Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 1981
M.A., UC Berkeley, 1976
B.A., California State College, Sonoma, 1974


Lane Ryo Hirabayashi is a full professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at UCLA, where he is also the inaugural "George & Sakaye Aratani Chair in Japanese American Incarceration, Redress, and Community.”

While Lane was growing up, his dad Jim encouraged and enabled him to travel extensively. By the time he finished graduate school, Lane had been to Asia, Central and South America, Europe, and Africa. Among his favorite cities today he counts Tokyo, Kyoto, Cebu City, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, London, Paris, and Malaga, as well as Zaria and Kano (both in northern Nigeria).

After years dedicated to classical and American folk music and blues, Lane decided to pursue doctoral studies in 1974. He earned an M.A. (1976) and then a Ph.D. (1981) in Socio-cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. Subsequently, Lane held a post-doctoral fellowship at the UCLA's Asian American Studies Center, 1981-82. He is author or editor of over thirty scholarly articles, as well as nine books and anthologies. His "research in progress" includes: a biographical project based on his uncle, Gordon K. Hirabayashi's war-time diary and letters that will be published by the University of Washington Press in 2013; a book-length manuscript on Japanese American resettlement in Colorado as of 1946; and a cycle of articles focusing on the post-war life and writing of Carlos Bulosan, a project that he is writing in collaboration with Marilyn C. Alquizola.

In terms of current classes, Lane teaches courses on the Japanese American experience, Asian American history through the medium of documentaries, and contemporary issues in the Asian American community, among other classes and seminars.

In addition to his academic resume, Lane has actively sought ties to community-based organizations as one of the foundations to his academic work. Over the past thirty years he has worked with a wide range of groups including: NCRR (both the "National Coalition for Redress/Reparations," and the renamed "Nikkei for Civil Rights and Reparations"], Los Angeles; the Gardena Pioneer Project; East-West Players, Los Angeles; the Japanese Community Youth Council, San Francisco; the Japanese American Community Graduation Program, Denver; the "Harada House" museum project, Riverside; and the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles. He also serves as a board member and/or consultant with many other Japanese American community organizations.


  • Hirabayashi, L.R. (with James A. Hirabayashi), eds. Gordon Hirabayashi, A Principled Stand: The Story of Gordon Hirabayashi v. United States. Seattle: University of Washington Press, (forthcoming, May, 2013).
  • Hirabayashi, L.R., "Minidoka Through the Lens" (forthcoming 2013).
  • Hirabayashi, L.R., (with Brian Niiya; Penny Nakatsu), "Tribute to James A. Hirabayashi," Amerasia Journal (forthcoming, 2013).
  • Hirabayashi, L.R., (with Marilyn C. Alquizola) "Carlos Bulosan's Final Defiant Acts: Achievements During the McCarthy Era." Amerasia Journal,28(3)[2012]:29-50.
  • Hirabayashi, L.R., "Accused of the Crime, Doing the Time: Notes on Gordon Hirabayashi, 1943-1945." Seattle Journal of Social Justice 11(1)[Summer, 2012]:27-40.
  • Hirabayashi, L.R., "Government Photographs of the WRA Camps and Resettlement," Densho Encyclopedia 2012 [on-line];
  • Hirabayashi, L.R., "Richard S. Nishimoto," Densho Encyclopedia 2012 [on-line];

  • Hirabayashi, L.R., "Tamie Tsuchiyama," Densho Encyclopedia [on-line] 2012;
  • Hirabayashi, L.R., "Francis L. Stewart," Densho Encyclopedia [on-line] 2012;

  • Hirabayashi, L.R., "Thomas W. Parker," Densho Encyclopedia [on-line] 2012;
  • Hirabayashi, L.R., "Takashi ‘Bud’ Aoyama," Densho Encyclopedia [on-line] 2012;
  • Hirabayashi, L.R., "Hikaru Iwasaki," Densho Encyclopedia [on-line] 2012;
  • Hirabayashi, L.R., "Charles E. Mace," Densho Encyclopedia [on-line] 2012;
  • Hirabayashi, L.R., "Gretchen Van Tassel," Densho Encyclopedia [on-line] 2012;
  • Hirabayashi, L.R., "Toshio Yatsushiro," Densho Encyclopedia [on-line] 2012;
  • Hirabayashi, L.R., and Alquizola, M.C. "Appropriating 'Inappropriate Resources': The Significance of FOI/PA Requests for Asian American Biography." Journal of American Ethnic History, Vol 32, No. 4 (2012): pp. 56-68.
  • Hirabayashi, L.R. "Afterword." The House on Lemon Street, by M. Rawitsch. Boulder: University Press of Colorado (2012).
  • Hirabayashi, L.R. "Comments on the Afternoon Session, October 13," Japanese and Asian Americans: Racializations and Their Resistances, Yasuko Takezawa, ed. Kyoto: Institute for Research in the Humanities (February, 2012), 121-126.
  • Hirabayashi, L.R. "Educational Mandate," Speaking Out For Personal Justice: Site Summaries of Testimonies and Witness Registry from the U.S. Commission on Wartime Relocation & Internment of Civilians Hearings CWRIC. Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, and Marjorie Lee, eds. Los Angeles: UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press, (2012).
  • Hirabayashi, L.R. "Getting To Know Gordon." Inspire [the member magazine of the Japanese American National Museum], (Spring, 2012): pp. 12-13.
  • Hirabayashi, L.R., with Marilyn Alquizola. "Carlos Bulosan's Laughter of My Father: Adding Feminist and Class Perspectives to the 'Casebook of Resistance.'" Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Vol. 32, No. 3 (2011): pp. 64-91.
  • Hirabayashi, L.R. (guest editor). Neglected Legacies: Japanese American Women and the Redress/Reparations Movement, special issue of the journal Pan Japan (Spring/Fall 2011) 7:1 and 2: i-277.
  • Hirabayashi, L.R. "Introduction." Neglected Legacies: Japanese American Women and the Redress/Reparations Movement, special issue of the journal Pan Japan (Spring/Fall 2011) 7:1 and 2: vi-xx.
  • Hirabayashi, L.R. “A Long Time Coming: Why the Nisei graduation ceremonies are so moving and their significance to the Nikkei of today.” Rafu Shimpo, (June 22, 2010): pp. 6 and 8.
  • Hirabayashi, L.R. Wakako Yamauchi’s “The Sensei”: Exploring the Ethos of Japanese American Resettlement. Journal of American Ethnic History 29[2], (Winter 2010): pp. 55 – 61.

  • Hirabayashi, L.R. “Imagined Futures: Opening Possibilities for the Construction of Culture and Community.” The Cultural Museum 2.0: Engaging Diverse Audiences in America. Los Angeles, CA: Japanese American National Museum, (August 2009): pp. 49 – 53.
  • Hirabayashi, L.R., with Shimada, K. Japanese American Resettlement Through the Lens: Hikaru Iwasaki And the WRA’s Photographic Section, 1943-1945. [Photographs by Hikaru Carl Iwasaki. Foreword written by Norman Y. Mineta.] Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado, (2009): 221 pp.
  • Hirabayashi, L.R. “Introduction.” Images of America: Japanese Americans of the South Bay, by D. A. Sato. Arcadia, CA: Arcadia Publishing, (2009): pp: 7 – 8.
  • Hirabayashi, L.R., and Sanjek, R. “American Anthropologists and Mass Incarceration: A Question of Ethics.” Anthropology News, 48[9], (December 2007): pp. 5 – 6.
  • Hirabayashi, L.R. “Japanese American Resettlement: Through the Lens.” JANM’s Discover Nikkei website, (Feb 22, 2007).


  • Invited to give the 9th Annual Paul H. and Erika Bourguignon Lecture in Art and Anthropology. (This annual lecture is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology. The lecture was held on Thursday, May 3, 2012, in OSU's Mendenhall Lab, 125 South Oval Mall, The Ohio State University)., May 3, 2012
  • 2009 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Award for “Adult Non-Fiction Honor Book.” Hirabayashi, L.R. Japanese American Resettlement Through the Lens: Hikaru Carl Iwasaki and the War Relocation Authority’s Photographic Section, 1943 – 1945 [With Kenichiro Shimada]. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado, (2009): 221 pp., June 27, 2010
  • Young Research Library, display case featuring the CV and research of Lane R. Hirabayashi.
    (This is the first time in the history of the Center or the Department that an Asian American Studies’ faculty person has been thus featured). December 2006
  • Nominated to, and holds, the “George and Sakaye Aratani Chair on Japanese American Incarceration, Redress, and Community,” Asian American Studies Department, University of California, Los Angeles. 2006 to date
  • Book Award: “Kokusai Rikai Sokushin Sho” (Promotion of International Understanding award).
    (This award is given to original books, translated books, or language learning texts, which promote international exchanges and understanding on international issues as well as to contribute the development of international communication).
  • Nominated "visiting professor" under the auspices of “The Endowed Chair in Japanese American Studies,” 1996-1997, Asian American Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles. 1996-1997
  • Awarded “Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor, 1993-1994,” by the Council on Academic Advising, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1994.
  • Graduated “With Distinction,” The Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, California State University, Sonoma, 1974