EIKO MASUYAMA was born on the edge of Los Angeles's Little Tokyo, Towne Avenue and Fifth Street, toddled into Manzanar Relocation Camp, but walked out a First Grader, three and a half years later. She grew up attending L.A. Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple on Sundays, and Kyodo System, Dai Ichi Gakuen Japanese School on Jackson Street on Saturdays. Eiko graduated from Manual Arts High School and USC, was employed by LAUSD as a math teacher at Henry Clay Jr. High, Stephen M. White Jr. High, and Bell High School, for a total of 30 plus years. In addition, Eiko taught two years in Japan (in the 1960s) for the U.S. Department of Defense, Johnson Middle School (near Yokota Air Base), while "roaming and discovering the land of my ancestors." She retired in 1998, and is now volunteering at the Japanese American National Museum (BCA Collection) and L.A. Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple archives. Eiko received a grant from CCLPEP in 2002 to put up a photo exhibit and publish Buddhist Church Experience in the Camps, 1942 - 1945 Second Revised Edition, 2007. (3/2011)

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