About the Author
Nadine Ishitani Hata was emeritus professor of history and emeritus vice president for Academic Affairs at El Camino College in Torrance, California. She served two terms on the California State Historical Resources Commission – when Mazanar and Tule Lake concentration camps received historic site status, vice chair of the California State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on the Civil Rights, and was elected to the governing boards of the American Historical Association and the Los Angeles Conservancy. Born in 1941 and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, she died in 2005 of metastasized breast cancer.
Donald Teruo Hata is emeritus professor of history at California State University Dominguez Hills and recipient of the CSU Trustees Systemwide Outstanding Professor Award. He served as planning commissioner and city councilman in Gardena, California, on the governing boards of the California Historical Society of and the Historical Society of Southern California, and as an elected officer of the American Historical Association. He was born in 1939in East Los Angeles and incarcerated at the age of three in the U.S. War Relocation Authority concentration camp at Gila River, AZ during World War II.