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Lawrence Matsuda was born in the Minidoka, Idaho War Concentration Center during World War II. Matsuda has a Ph.D. in education from the University of Washington and was: a secondary teacher, university counselor, state level administrator, school principal, assistant superintendent, educational consultant, and visiting professor at Seattle University. In 2005 he and two SU colleagues co-edited the book Community and difference: teaching, pluralism and social justice, Peter Lang Publishing, New York. It won the 2006 National Association of Multicultural Education Phillip Chinn Book Award. In July of 2010 his book of poetry entitled, A Cold Wind from Idaho was published by Black Lawrence Press in New York. His poems appear in Ambush Review, Raven Chronicles, New Orleans Review, Floating Bridge Review, Black Lawrence Press website, Poets Against the War website, Malpais Review, Plumepoetry, Seattle Journal for Social Justice and Cerise Press. His volunteer experiences include: President University of Washington Alumni Association Board of Trustees, Co-founder Multi-cultural Alumni Partnership, Washington State Liquor Board Wine Tasting Committee member, Chair of the Seattle University Japanese American Remembrance Garden, and trustee for Cornish College of the Arts.
To learn more about Dr. Matsuda and his work: http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/matsuda.htm
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