The Life Story of Mother Delight Rice and Her Children: The First Teacher of the Deaf in the Philippines

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The Life Story of Mother Delight Rice and Her Children: The First Teacher of the Deaf in the Philippines

The Life Story of Mother Delight Rice and Her Children
 
Delia Delight Rice was the first teacher of the deaf in the Philippines and her story is told by one of her adopted children, who is an author, a photographer, and a deaf community leader

 
Ron HiranoRonald M. Hirano
 
Monday, July 14, 2014
 
6 – 8 p.m.
 
Room 215 (Adaptive Services Division)
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street, NW
Washington, DC   20001
 


THE BOOK:
 
Delight Rice, the hearing daughter of deaf parents, was a pioneering teacher of deaf-blind pupils at the Wisconsin and Ohio Schools for the Deaf in the early 1900’s.
 
In 1907, the U.S. government sent her to establish a deaf education system in the Philippines, then occupied 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.
 
THE AUTHOR:
 
Ronald M. Hirano, a deaf Nisei (Japanese-American), was adopted and raised by Delight Rice when his family was interned in relocation camps 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.
 
Mr. Hirano currently lives in San Francisco but will be here in DC for the Gallaudet University 150th Anniversary Reunion July 8-13, 2014.
 
Following the lecture, there will be a book signing and reception sponsored by the Gallaudet University Class of 1957.
 
ASL /  voice interpreters will be present.
 
For more information, contact:
 
Janice Rosen, Librarian for the Deaf Community
 
·      Voice and Videophone: 202.559.5368;
Email:  Janice.Rosen@dc.gov