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My First Hundred Years: The Memoirs of Nellie Nakamura from 1902-2002

As told to Chris Kobayashi, Margaret Emmy Cooper, and Shizue Seigel. Edited by Shizue Seigel.

Nellie Nakamura recalls her strong-minded mother, Rui Suzuki, who was born in Japan in 1868 and grew up in period of great change. As a young woman she travelled the world with Nellie Hill, a New England spinster. She immigrated to America and settled in San Francisco, Merced and the Santa Clara Valley, working as a housekeeper and farm laborer, but also a midwife, translator, and community activist.

Nellie inherited her mother's spunk and venturesome spirit. She left the farm and moved to Los Angeles with her husband, Harry. During WWII her family was incarcerated at Heart Mountain, WY. Returning via Milwaukee to California, Nellie finally achieved some financial security in middle age. Nellie rises to each challenge with humor and grace.

Based on interviews with Nellie Nakamura and her family, conducted by Chris Kobayashi, Margaret Emmy Cooper, and Shizue Seigel. Additional writing by Chris Kobayashi, Margaret Emmy Cooper, David Nakamura, and Shizue Seigel. Includes sidebars on the wider context of Meiji-era Japan, Alien Land Laws, farming practices, the Great Depression, Incarceration camps, and Resettlement.

Paperback, 197 pages, with 100+ b/w images; 8.7 x 11 inches; ISBN: 978-0-9904173-8-5. ©2019. $17.95.


Civil Liberties United: Diverse Voices from the San Francisco Bay Area

Edited by Shizue Seigel

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Civil Liberties United is Shizue Seigel's third anthology, with 100 writers and artists of color and white allies who celebrate the rich variety that truly makes America great. Bay Area residents have roots in Native America, Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe. Through poetry, essays, street murals, and art, this engaging book remind us that civil liberties are important to everyone—not just those who are targeted.

Contributors include: Kim Shuck, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Avotcja, Josiah Luis Alderete, Dee Allen, Tommi Avicola Mecca, Sandra Bass, Dan Brady, Francée Covington, Celeste Chan, James Cagney, Rafael Jesús Gonzáles, Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia, E. K. Keith, Tehmina Khan, Eddie Jen, Kevin Madrigal, Desi Mundo, Ann Muto, Jon Osato, Susan Praver-Pérez, Queennandi X, Shizue Seigel, Thomas Robert Simpson, Sriram Shamasunder, Norma Smith, Kimi Sugioka, Mel Waters, and many others.

Paperback, 300 pages, with 60+ b/w images, 6 x 9 inches
ISBN: 978-0-9904173-9-2. ©2019. $17.95.

Endangered Species, Enduring Values
An Anthology of San Francisco Area
Writers and Artists of Color

Edited by Shizue Seigel

Endangered Species, Enduring Values is Shizue Seigel's second anthology of prose, poetry, and artwork by over sixty San Francisco area writers and artists of color.

San Francisco’s residents of color, a significant but largely silent majority, draw strength from their heritage not only to survive but to thrive—through compassion and collaboration rather than competition." Seigel gathered over 60 people of all ages and walks of life to respond artistically to these questions:

• In challenging times, how do heritage, history, or spirituality inspire you as a person of color?
• What sustains you and keeps you working for a just and inclusive society?
• What do you want the world to understand about your heritage or community?

Paperback, 240 pages, many in color, 6 x 9 inches
ISBN: 978-0-9904173-4-7, ©2018, $17.95.

Standing Strong: Fillmore & Japantown: Voices from
Write Now! Fillmore and Write Now! Japantown

Edited by Shizue Seigel

African Americans and Japanese Americans with ties to San Francisco's Western Addition and Japantown celebrate their neighborhood's enduring spirit, in this community anthology of prose, poetry and artwork.

How have WWII mass incarceration and migration, 1960s-70s urban renewal— and now gentrification, impacted the ordinary people of these communities? What remains? What do we treasure? What are today’s challenges? What keeps us going, and what have we learned?

Paperback, 140 pages, 6 x 9 inches
ISBN: 978-0-9904173-2-3, ©2016, $17.95.
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