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Immigrants Of The Day: Hiroshi Motomura of Japan, David Ortiz of Dominican Republic, and Plácido Domingo of Spain

by Kevin R. Johnson

Hiroshi Motomura (Japan)

Motomurahiroshi Our Immmigrant of the Day is law professor Hiroshi Motomura, a leading scholar and teacher of immigration law, who will join the UCLA School of Law faculty in fall 2008. Professor Motomura most recently was the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law and previously taught at the University of Colorado.

Professor Motomura is a co-author of the widely used law school casebook, Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (6th ed. 2007), and a new casebook, Forced Migration: Law and Policy (20070. His book, Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States (2006) won the 2006 Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award from the Association of American Publishers in the Law and Legal Studies category.

Professor Motomura has has published many significant articles and essays on immigration and citizenship. He has testified as an immigration expert in the U.S. Congress, has served as co-counsel or a volunteer consultant in several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal appeals courts, and is one of the co-founders of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network.

In recognition of his exceptional teaching, Professor Motomura has won several awards. He was named President's Teaching Scholar, the highest teaching distinction at the University of Colorado, where he taught for 21 years. Professor Motomura was the first Lloyd Cutler Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, has been a member of the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration, and currently serves on the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina Press.

Professor Motomura received a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1978 and a B.A. from Yale University in 1974. He has been a visiting professor at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, and at the University of Michigan Law School.

The National Immigration Project is honoring Hiroshi Motomura at a "Benefit Reception to Honor Hiroshi Motomura" at the American Immigration Lawyers Annual Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

Professor Motomura came to the United States with his family as a young boy.  For some discussions of his experiences, click here.

June 17, 2008 | Permalink

David Ortiz (Dominican Republic)

200pxdavid_ortiz David Américo Ortiz Arias (born November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball player with the Boston Red Sox. Previously, Ortiz played for the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002).

Nicknamed "Big Papi" or "Señor Papi," Ortiz has played in four All-Star Games (2004-07) and holds the Red Sox single-season record for home runs with 54, set during the 2006 season. Ortiz was an integral member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox team that won the World Series

In 2007, Ortiz released a book about his life called Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits, written with Tony Massarotti.

On June 11, 2008, Ortiz became a U.S. citizen at a naturalization ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. Big Papi became a U.S. citizen with 220 other immigrants from 57 countries at the ceremony.

June 18, 2008 | Permalink

Plácido Domingo (Spain)

250pxdomingoj1 José Plácido Domingo Embil (born January 21, 1941), better known as Plácido Domingo, is a world-renowned operatic tenor, known for his versatile and strong voice, possessing a ringing and dramatic tone throughout its range.  He is also admired for his acting ability, his musicality and musical intellect, and the number and variety of opera roles that he has mastered. In addition to his singing roles, he has also taken on conducting opera and concert performances, as well as serving as the General Director of the Washington National Opera in Washington, D.C. and the Los Angeles Opera in California.

Domingo has sung at practically every other important opera house and festival worldwide.  Throughout the years, Domingo has also turned his hand to conducting opera as well as, occasionally, symphonic orchestras. In 1981 Domingo gained considerable recognition outside of the opera world when he recorded the song "Perhaps Love" as a duet with the late American country/folk music singer John Denver.

Throughout 1990s until today, Domingo has continued performing in many of the same but also new operas.  Between the middle of 1990 to the early of 2008 only, he has added 38 new roles into his repertoire covering opera in six different languages (English, Italian, French, German, Russian and Spanish).

Domingo holds a world record for the longest ovation on the operatic stage with 101 curtain calls and 80 minutes non-stop applause after performing Otello, Verdi's operatic version of Shakespeare's Othello, as the Moor of Venice in Vienna on July 30, 1991.

On 16-17 April 2008, Domingo sang during the visit of the Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Park and at the Italian embassy in Washington DC. From 1990 to 2008, Domingo has received many awards and honors for his effort in music, benefit concerts and charity. On August 21, 2007, in Mexico City, a two meters tall statue and weighs about 300 kg (660 lbs) was build in his honor. On March 23, 2008, the New Orleans City Council honors his contribution at the Gala Benefits Concert by naming the city theatre's stage, the "Plácido Domingo stage". On April 2008, he was voted as the greatest tenor in history in BBC Music Magazine.

Domingo was born to two Spanish zarzuela stars who nurtured his early musical abilities. His father was a violinist performing for opera and zarzuela orchestra. Domingo's mother was an established singer who made her zarzuela debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. His parents later stayed permanently in Mexico and established their own zarzuela troupe, the Domingo-Embil Company.

For Domingo's official website, with audio of his singing, click here.

June 19, 2008 | Permalink

These posts were orginally posted on the ImmigrationProf Blog here, here and here.

About The Author

Kevin R. Johnson is currently Dean, Professor of Law and Chicana/o Studies, and the Mabie-Apallas Public Interest Law Chair holder at the University of California at Davis. He is also one of the editors of ImmigrationProf Blog .

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.