Presentation and Book Signing: The Life Story of Mother Delight Rice and her Children - Event Archive for the Deaf Studies Division

The Ohlone College Deaf Studies Division and the Gallaudet University Regional Center-West co-hosts a Presentation & Book Signing here on the Ohlone Campus.

  • The Life Story of Mother Delight Rice and her Children by Ronald M. Hirano
  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014
  • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Jackson Theatre, Smith Center at Ohlone College

  • Voice interpretation will be provided
  • Free Admission
  • The book will be available for purchase onsite

If you're interested in history, studying the impact of the the Spanish-American War or World War II, considering international issues, learning about deaf culture, or thinking of a career in deaf education, this presentation should not be missed.

Download the Presentation & Book Signing flyer (PDF). For more information, please contact Pam Snedigar at

About Delight Rice

She was the hearing daughter of deaf parents, was a pioneering teacher of deaf-blind pupils at the Wisconsin and Ohio Schools for the Deaf during the early 1900s. In 1907 the U.S. government sent her to establish a deaf education system in the Philippines, which was occupied by American military forces during the Spanish-American War. Initially unable to find any deaf children in Manila and surrounding provinces, she and American constabularies ventured into the interior mountains, heavily populated by wild, hostile headhunting tribes, in search of deaf children. They rode U.S. Army wagons and on burros for more than 1,000 miles on their successful mission. This book chronicles Delight Rice's life and legendary contributions to deaf education in the United States and the Philippines.

About the Author and Guest Speaker Ronald M. Hirano

Born in Berkeley, California, artist and photographer Ronald Hirano, a Deaf Nisei, was "adopted" and raised by Miss Delight Rice when his family was interned in relocation camps with 120,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II. He has written, designed and edited numerous newsletters and served on boards of organizations working with deaf people on local, regional and national levels.

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