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OV’s Hank Oyama spent life crossing racial divides
At 85, Henry “Hank” Oyama has changed the face of bilingual education, fought unfair laws against interracial marriage, and served his community well. Oyama is spending his retired years at the Fairwinds – Desert Point Retirement Community in Oro Valley.
The report “The Invisible Minority,” created by Henry “Hank” Oyama and his colleagues, led to federal funding for bilingual education. Oyama later led bilingual education programs at Pima Community College and Pueblo High School.
No stranger to attention, Henry “Hank” Oyama was one of 120,000 Japanese Americans forced into relocation camps during World War II. Oyama was featured along with many others in the book “They Opened Their Hearts.”