MARLENE SHIGEKAWA was born in Poston, Arizona, during the internment. She is the author of Blue Jay in the Desert, a children’s picture book based on her family’s internment experience, and a sequel, Welcome Home Swallows. She has also written Succeeding in High Tech: A Guide to Building Your Career.

As a management consultant, she has worked to increase understanding of cultural diversity in organizations, and as a producer of technology-based education, she has developed content for web-based training in corporations.

A nationally known speaker, she has given book readings to schools and has made presentations to various professional organizations and universities including MIT and Harvard University.

She lives with her daughter and husband in Oakland, California.

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