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Samurai among PanthersRichard Aoki on Race, Resistance, and a Paradoxical Life$
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Diane C. Fujino

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677863

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677863.001.0001

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“An Advocate for the Students”

“An Advocate for the Students”

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Samurai among Panthers

Diane C. Fujino

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on Aoki’s career in the East Bay community college system. Aoki spent his twenty-five-year career in the community college system, using his positions as instructor, counselor, and intermittent administrator to help the working-class students and staff around him to achieve some measure of fulfillment and equality. Aoki resolved the duality of the education system by teaching about critical social issues, providing leadership to his colleagues, and providing academic counseling to marginalized students. He also found ways to work with people with varied methods and diverse political beliefs for creating change. In the end, Aoki was proud of the ways he translated his strivings for freedom and justice toward enabling working-class youth, students of color, and the faculty and staff around him to attain some degree of equality.

Keywords:   Richard Aoki, East Bay community college, working-class student, equality, education system, counseling, marginalized students

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