Becoming White in Service of Diversity

Becoming White in Service 
of Diversity 1

Jon Krause for The Chronicle

Until recently, I had always checked the "Asian-­American" box when asked to indicate my race.

Although my father was white, my mother was a Japanese-American and a native Californian who, because of her ancestry, was incarcerated in an internment camp during World War II. She named me Gordon Charles Hall because she wanted me to assimilate, but she also taught me the importance of civil rights and a Japanese-American identity. My professional career