TSUKASA MATSUEDA (author of Issei, The Shadow Generation), an avid educator, taught for 33 years at Sequoia Union High School in Redwood City, California. Selected as a Fullbright Exchange Teacher to Japan, he taught for two years at the University of Niigata and the attached Junior High School in Niigata City, Japan. He later taught Japanese American Ethnic Studies classes at Stanford University and San Jose State University. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. from the San Francisco State University, and Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts.
Born in Stockton and raised in San Mateo, California, Matsueda was incarcerated when he was 16 years old at the Stockton Assembly Center and concentration camps in Rohwer, Arkansas, and Tule Lake, California, during World War II. After his release, he was drafted into Military Service and served in the 525th Military Intelligence Unit.
When he retired from teaching, Matsueda served as a case manager for the Japanese speaking clientele of Yu-Ai-Kai, the Japanese American Community Senior Service in San Jose for over ten years. He now enjoys retirement with his wife of 50 years, June, in Palo Alto, California. He has a son, Bob, daughter-in-law Ranko, grandson Ken; and a daughter Julie, son-in-law Jon and grandchildren Mika and Lee.
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