Peggy Takahashi was born in 1959 in San Fernando, California. Her parents were farmers who grew and sold strawberries and other produce. Her father and his family were incarcerated at Manzanar during World War II and her mother immigrated to the United States in 1957 from Japan. Takahashi earned a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College in Asian Studies, a master’s degree, an MBA, and a doctorate in Business from the University of California, Berkeley. She worked as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of San Francisco and retired in 2021. In this interview, Takahashi discusses her early life, memories of helping her parents on their farm, her parents’ background, their experiences during World War II, the psychological and financial impacts of incarceration, learning about her family’s history, the role that food played in her life growing up, the Japanese American community in San Fernando, her education, experiences in graduate school, visits to Japan and then later living there with her husband Alan and daughter Sami, attending a pilgrimage, her career at the University of San Francisco, anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic, her involvement with Tsuru for Solidarity, and her hopes for her daughter Sami’s future.




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