Sansei male. Born January 25, 1947, in Tsuyama, Okayama, Japan. Moved to the U.S. with family at age nine and grew up in Los Angeles, California. Graduated from UCLA and was involved in a number of civil rights movements and organizations. One of the founders of Gidra, the groundbreaking Asian American publication. Worked for both of Jesse Jackson's presidential campaigns and then became district director for Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Co-founded the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the Little Tokyo Service Center, and was also active in numerous community social service and activist organizations.