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About Shizue Seigel/ Bio        

Shizue Seigel is a third-generation Japanese American writer and visual artist with a passion for retrieving and interpreting the over-looked and untold. She is the author of In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans During the Internment and Century of Change.
She was born in 1946, too late to be interned like her parents and grandparents, but she earned her first dollar picking strawberries in a migrant labor camp for former internees. As a child she shuttled from Occupied Japan to segregated Baltimore and skid-row Stockton. Later, she followed San Francisco’s zeitgeist to the Haight in the ’60s, Montgomery Street in the ’80s, Sixth and Mission in the ’90s and today’s Japantown.

After studio arts training in painting and printmaking in the late 1970s, she developed a successful career in corporate America as an advertising art director at J. Walter Thompson, DDB Needham, and Charles Schwab, Inc. Clients included Chevron, Kaiser, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Wells Fargo Bank, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.

In 1993, she abandoned corporate life to collaborate with marginalized African American women on reality-based HIV-prevention “role model stories” for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was a life-changing experience which sparked a passion for story-telling as a way to illuminate the impact of socio-political injustice on the lives of ordinary people.

After several years working with the poor, homeless and addicted, she began working with the Japanese American community in 1999, as editor/art director of Nikkei Heritage, the quarterly magazine of the National Japanese American Historical Society, then as English editor/art director for the Hokubei Mainichi’s bilingual magazine, The Beam. She is now writing and art-directing her third book on Japanese American: Children of Manzanar, commissioned by the Manzanar History Association and funded by the Mead Foundation. Previous books were the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program’s In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans During the Internment and the privately commissioned Century of Change: The Memoirs of Nellie Nakamura.

She teaches the Senior Asian American Women’s Writers Group at the Japanese Community and Cultural Center. Her poetry and prose have been published in regional and national anthologies. Her artwork has appeared group shows and anthologies. She has written extensively for the Japanese American vernacular press and is a compelling public speaker who has been invited to speak throughout California and in the Pacific Northwest..
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WRiter’s Resume       




      In Good Conscience
     Century of Change

   Creative Nonfiction
     A Well-Made Life
     A Clue About Christmas
     Don’t Look Away

     Dad’s Fire

     The Great Learning

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