About the Authors
Stephen S. Fugita, Ph.D., retired Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Ethnic Studies at Santa Clara University. He is co-author of Japanese American Ethnicity: The Persistence of Community, The Japanese American Experience and Altered Lives, Enduring Community: Japanese Americans Remember Their World War II Incarceration.

Thomas D. Izu, is the executive director of the California History Center at De Anza College in Cupertino. He served as the pre-war historical consultant for the documentary, Return to the Valley, and also assisted KTEH in identifying potential interview participants. Izu has worked extensively with the San Jose area Japanese American community. He is a past executive director of the Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service of San Jose, and as past chairperson of the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee, a community based organization active in educating the local community about various Japanese American issues including the effects of the World War II internment.

Wendy Ng, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Sociology Department of San Jose State University. Ng has published and lectured extensively in the area of Asian American Studies and the development of urban ethnic communities, race and ethnic relations. Ng received her Ph.D. from University of Oregon in 1989 and has been a tenured professor at San Jose State since 1997. Ng served as content area scriptwriter for the documentary, Return to the Valley, and is the editor of the on-line teacher's guide.

Tim Thomas, is the Museum Historian and Director of Public Programs for the Maritime Museum of Monterey. For the last 15 years, Tim has been doing research into the many different fisheries of Monterey Bay. He is the founder/Director of The J.B. Phillips Historical Fisheries Project, a program that chronicles and preserves the history of the fisheries and early fishery science of Monterey Bay, and the editor of the J.B. Phillips Historical Fisheries Report.

Alexander Yamato, Ph.D., is the coordinator of the Asian American Studies Program at San Jose State University. He is currently writing a book on the Japanese American resettlement experience in the Santa Clara Valley and is considered one of the main researchers in this region. Yamato received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.