The Life Story of Mother Delight Rice by Ronald M. Hirano

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buyatamazonDelight Rice, 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.

Paperback: $19.95

About the Author

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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.