Sansei male. Born January 21, 1940, in Los Angeles, California. While very young, removed with family to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Father joined the Military Intelligence Service out of camp, and Alan and his mother resettled in Chicago, Illinois. After father rejoined the family, they returned to Los Angeles' Little Tokyo neighborhood. After graduating from college, got involved in several Japanese American community organizations. In the 1960s, took a newly created position, National Youth Director, with the Japanese American Citizens League.