Wayne Maeda, a beloved teacher and leading Japanese American historian who died of cancer Feb. 27, will be celebrated at California State University, Sacramento's student union from 2 to 4 p.m. today.
His colleagues, along with community leaders and some of the thousands of students he mentored, will honor his contributions to California history. The free event will include a Buddhist prayer, Japanese music and a slide presentation.
Maeda's wife, Sacramento City College history teacher Lorrie Toohey-Maeda, who was also suffering from cancer, put off chemotherapy treatments to be with Maeda in his final days. She died three days after he did.
The couple collaborated to tell the story of Japanese Americans in Sacramento and the Delta, according to Greg Mark, director of Asian American studies at CSUS.
Maeda broke new ground with his book "Changing Dreams and Treasured Memories: A Story of Japanese Americans in the Sacramento Region," said Kenji Taguma, editor of Nichi Bei Weekly, who was moved to become an activist after taking Maeda's class at CSUS.
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