Dale enjoys meeting the locals at San Luis Obispo Obon, 2009.

DALE SATO, third generation Japanese American oral historian born in Long Beach, raised in Gardena, and currently living in Torrance, California, is the author of Japanese Americans of the South Bay. Dale earned a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University, and a M.A. degree in Education at CSULA. She lived in Japan for several years where she taught at Hokusei Gakuen University and Sapporo Gakuin University. In 1997, she spent a year at ucla Asian American Studies Center as an independent scholar. This marked a return in her research interests to Japanese American history. Dale says, “Documenting forgotten local history of Japanese American communities became a passion for me.” Dale founded the Japanese American Historical Mapping Project (www.jahmp.org) which collected oral histories and mapped the pre-World War II farming communities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. She is also affiliated with a number of organizations including Southwest Oral History Association, Oral History Association, japanese American Historical society of Southern California, Torrance Historical society and Museum, and South Bay JACL. Dale recently received the City of Torrance 2009 Older Americans Award for Outstanding Service.

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