Remembering Lloyd Inui — Teacher, Mentor and Friend

Codi Saxon

Lloyd Inui, professor emeritus at CSU Long Beach front, wherever he helped establish the Asian American Research Program, passed absent on Sept. 28 at the age of 91. In retirement, he was an advisor to several campus and group corporations. Pursuing are remembrances from some of his friends and colleagues. […]

Lloyd Inui, professor emeritus at CSU Long Beach front, wherever he helped establish the Asian American Research Program, passed absent on Sept. 28 at the age of 91. In retirement, he was an advisor to several campus and group corporations. Pursuing are remembrances from some of his friends and colleagues.

Lloyd Inui in his office at Cal Condition Extended Seaside in 1972. (Image by Takashi Fujii)

Iku Kiriyama: Lloyd was a constitution member of the Japanese American Historic Society of Southern California, recognized in 1978. He served numerous conditions as president on the rotation list of 6 presidents. When the JAHSSC dissolved in 2015, Lloyd was the only a single of the unique customers to continue to be to the conclusion with me on the board.

I was grateful and appreciative of his frequent friendship and support, in spite of his health challenges. I could constantly seem to him for sound steering and remained buddies with him and Tazuko, making the most of their firm and conversation. They are both equally terribly skipped.

Kiriyama is a group volunteer and retired Los Angeles Unified Faculty District educator.

Dan Kuramoto: I liked Lloyd, as we all did. In retrospect, Lloyd’s contribution is what he “didn’t do.” He supported the beginnings of Asian American Studies and university student center at Extended Seaside by offering his unconditional aid to us as we attempted to generate Scientific studies. He was generally smiling and listening but most of all, existing. 

He was always WITH us. His demeanor led us. His tolerance taught us. He connected the campus and the local community. Lloyd is Prolonged Beach front to me.

Kuramoto is the chief of the band Hiroshima and a former Asian American research instructor at CSULB.

Carrie Morita: I to start with met Lloyd Inui as a college student at Prolonged Seashore Point out University (as it was recognised back again in the late ’60s). It was at a time when sit-ins and protests from the Vietnam War ended up taking spot. And The Seaside was no exception.

The college had delivered the Black College student Union and the Chicano Pupils with a trailer to be employed as a heart and lounge. Some of us, mainly Sansei, felt we needed a trailer also. The administration disregarded our ask for, stating we necessary a college member as an advisor.

Commencing from the top of the school record, we arrived throughout Inui … Evelyn Yoshimura, Dan Kuramoto, and myself resolved to technique Lloyd. I remember Ev and me climbing the stairs to the next floor of the Poli Sci setting up. Lloyd’s business office was correct at the prime of the stairs and his door was open up. There he sat. We walked in and presented our request.

As I remember, in his affable way he responded with “Sure! Not a difficulty!!”

And the rest is history!!! It is this wonderful memory that I have of my initial come across with Lloyd. It was at one of the reunions … probably a Thanksgiving potluck that Ev and I returned to and I don’t forget a rap I wrote for Lloyd. I have to have to discover the full rap. The 1 line that constantly remains with me (in regards to us going to the administration and demanding Asian American Research) is … “When the administration said phooey, that’s when we turned to Lloyd Inui!”

When he started working at the Japanese American National Museum, I was thrilled to see him as I was now spending a ton of time in Tiny Tokyo.

Morita, a retired instructor, is energetic with Nikkei Progressives and organizes self-defense courses for seniors at Terasaki Budokan.

Barbara Kim: I initial achieved Lloyd when he served on my selecting committee in 2000-2001 — practically 10 many years after his retirement. Even so, Lloyd took the time to mentor and advise me. He was the most enthusiastic supporter of the Section of Asian and Asian American Research. He graciously produced time and often reported indeed to talking with the future era of learners.

Lloyd Inui and Iku Kiriyama at the ultimate luncheon of the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California, held in 2016 at the Gardena Valley Japanee Cultural Institute. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

He attended annual department spring receptions, from time to time to meet up with the recipient of the Lloyd Inui Prize (for remarkable contributions to the creation of a campus surroundings that supports cultural, ethnic and racial range, and fostering a perception of unity at CSULB).

A person calendar year, he and Alan Nishio led the Asian American Studies majors and minors on a political tour of Very little Tokyo, introducing a new technology of CSULB college students to the histories, struggles, and group creating of the put.

The Ethnic Scientific tests departments invited him to converse on campus on the heritage, the state of, and the advancement of ethnic studies at CSULB and the CSU, specially in the previous ten years in opposition to spending budget cuts and in desire of an ethnic studies graduation necessity. It always struck me how in these symposia, Lloyd generally championed and centered the learners in these conversations, hardly ever himself.

He was type, excellent, humble, and fierce. For generations, he was the heartbeat of Asian and Asian American Reports at CSULB, the individual who encouraged and shaped students who aided serve and rework the campus and the local community.

A beloved trainer, scholar, activist, and mentor extraordinaire, Lloyd will be deeply skipped.

Kim is professor, chair, and undergraduate/graduate advisor, Section of Asian and Asian American Experiments, CSULB.

Franklin Odo: Lloyd Inui’s existence was the important purpose I elected to get started instructing at California Point out College Long Beach front in drop 1972. For 6 yrs Lloyd was a sound mate and mentor to me as a junior faculty member and, as I watched and learned, to other colleagues on campus and to hundreds of undergraduates who came by our system.

Many of them went on to establish occupations and life of dedication to considerations of Asian American communities and all peoples in the nation and throughout the globe a lot of this transformation thanks to observing Lloyd Inui’s consistency in get the job done and vision.

Unsung hero. We will skip him.

Odo has served as the director of the Asian Pacific American Application at the Smithsonian Institution considering that the program’s inception in 1997.

Chris Aihara: Lloyd Inui was my mentor and my dear good friend. I labored for him as the section secretary of Asian American Scientific studies/Asian Languages for four years. It was like 4 years of currently being in the Inui Seminar. 

He projected a particular modesty and self-effacement that belied a quite strategic and complicated intellect. He was quite prosperous in making the Asian American Studies Method at CSULB to a stable and nicely-highly regarded program. At the same time, he was very targeted on the college students and aiding them to see their lives in a broader context. 

The scientific studies office was a position to fall by, get support, and interact in discussion with Lloyd, typically assumed-provoking and tough. The individual affect he experienced on so several learners would fill volumes, and we would all concur that he helped make us into greater people today. 

Aihara is previous government director of the Japanese American Cultural and Local community Centre.

Alan Nishio: Lloyd was the Godfather of Asian American Scientific studies at Cal Point out Extended Beach front and served as a teacher, mentor, and mate to generations of college students, faculty, and personnel, myself included. Above the 50 several years that I understood Lloyd I discovered him to be a scholar who aided progress the field of Asian American research during its infancy. He touched the lives of so a lot of of us as a result of his considerate and self-effacing demeanor, his robust assist for learners, and the warmth that he showed to all.  

Nishio is former associate vice president of the Division of Student Support at CSULB and a longtime leader in Japanese American local community businesses, such as Countrywide Coalition for Redress/Reparations (now Nikkei for Civil Legal rights and Redress) and Very little Tokyo Provider Middle.

Diana Keiko Ono: Lloyd generally had a heat smile and welcomed absolutely everyone who stopped into CSULB’s Asian American Scholar Association place of work. He made us all really feel like a family members. He supported “Echoes from Gold Mountain” (an Asian American literary journal) and our annual Thanksgiving potlucks at Harbor Japanese Community Heart. He was our mentor, advisor and pal. 

From ideal: Lloyd Inui with Yoko Pusavat, former Japanese teacher, and Jeanette Schelin of the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Yard at the Asian American Scientific tests Reunion, held in the back garden in 2015. Inui and Pusavat had been honorees. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

Even soon after retiring he volunteered at JANM, Earl Burns Miller Japanese Back garden and numerous other group companies.

A everyday living well-lived will be remembered by all! We’ll miss out on you, Lloyd.

Ono is a 1979 graduate of CSULB and is an active member of Orange County Buddhist Church.

Sue Oda Omori: Lloyd was the “anchor” of Asian American Scientific studies. Always a stage-headed, regular power that created you feel every little thing was all suitable.

My fondest memory of Lloyd was on the softball discipline. We had a Long Beach Asian American Scientific studies staff that utilized to perform in the Unity Softball Event in the early ’80s with groups from local community-dependent businesses around L.A. like Visual Communications, Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Omai Fatasi, Chinatown Teenager Publish, and many others. Lloyd was our clean up-up batter for the reason that he experienced the biggest, smoothest swing!

He was an anchor of sorts on and off the softball area!

Omori worked many years in bigger schooling and now layouts and results in jewelry and pottery.

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