The Japanese American Experience In WWII
with Joseph Yasutake
part of the History Happy Hour series
Friday, Marc 27, 5:30-7:30PM
Campbell Historical Museum, 51 N. Central Avenue, Campbell
Prior to his retirement, Joe served as the Technical Director of the Air Force Training Systems Division in Denver Colorado, Manager for Logistics for Lockheed in Sunnyvale and Manager for Human Factors at the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto. He taught for several years as part time faculty at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Artillery from 1954-1956.
Since his retirement, he has been involved in various community activities. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) and the Japantown Community Congress of San Jose, an organization devoted to the preservation of San Jose’s Japantown. He has served as President for both organizations. He speaks frequently to student and civic groups regarding the experiences of Japanese Americans during WWII.
Joe was born in Seattle Washington. During World War II, at the age of 10-11, he was incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center in Washington; Minidoka in Idaho; and Crystal City in Texas.
Joe received a Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from Ohio State University.