Ruth Sasaki was born in San Francisco, California in 1952. She was raised in the Richmond District and was an avid reader and writer from an early age. She received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and later earned a Master of Arts degree from San Francisco State University. She lived abroad in both England and Japan and had a long career in intercutural communication and e-learning development. She is the author of The Loom and Other Stories and the editor of "Topaz Stories." Her mother's family was incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz. In this interview, Sasaki discusses her early life, memories of growing up in San Francisco, her father, who was Kibei, and her mother, who was Nisei, her mother's experience while incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz during World War II, her siblings, her family's connection to San Francisco's Japantown, the role of language, food, and church in her early life, her interest in reading and writing, her experience in grade and high school, attending UC Berkeley as an undergraduate, experience studying abroad in England, moving to Japan to teach English, experience returning to the US, career in intercultural training and e-learning development, experience balancing work and her graduate studies, experience writing The Loom and Other Stories, creation of the Topaz Stories project, participation in Tsuru for Solidarity, the personal and professional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and her reflections on her writing career.




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