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Ronald M. Hirano Transcript

Conducted by Lu Ann Sleeper in 2013, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2015.

Photo of Ronald Hirano
Photo of young Ronald Hirano

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.

Note: This interview was conducted in American Sign Language. The written transcript is available online. The video interview is available in The Bancroft Library.


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