Susan Y. Shimazu

Susan is a third generation Japanese American and a child of World War II Concentration Camp Internees. She grew up near South Los Angeles and obtained her Master’s from the UCLA School of Public Health.  Her work includes curating an exhibit for the Santa Ana Artwalk called The Bloom Polylogue, performing at the LA Psychological Association Mirrors of the Mind Exhibition, and producing an autobiographical film for the Western Region Psychological Association Conference. Her parents and grandparents were subject to xenophobia, dispossesion, and relocation.  Her vision for this project is to raise awareness and build empathy for victims of hate and discrimination and to invite the public into collaborative artmaking using digital mediums. She has been teaching at CSUF for 10 years and is a part of a network of social practice artists through the HUB with City Seminary of New York.