My 2.5 Years Behind Barbed Wire

Join San Mateo County Libraries as we welcome Yukio Shimomura to talk about his family’s experience during the 1940s. As an elementary-aged student, Yukio and his family were amongst 122,000 Japanese-Americans forcibly incarcerated in Japanese Internment Camps during WWII.

The bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the subsequent signing of Executive Order 9066 irrevocably changed the trajectory of Yukio’s family. Forcibly removed from their home in San Francisco, his family was incarcerated in a camp in San Bruno, CA. Their detainment continued in a relocation to Ogden, Utah. Despite the hardships and anti-Japanese sentiment his family faced, Yukio graduated from Weber State University and Utah State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering. Yukio worked at HP as an Engineer and later in Human Resources. He has consulted with several companies in management coaching and team building. He presently resides in Morgan Hill, CA.

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