Dr. Amy Iwasaki Mass is Professor Emerita at Whittier College, where she taught for 25 years. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, except for the years she spent in Heart Mountain from age seven to ten, when she lived with her family in 1-9-B.
She has been a social worker for over 50 years and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a Fulbright Teaching Award, Irvine Foundation Grant, Institute of American Cultures Fellowships and Phi Beta Kappa from U.C. Berkeley, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Amy also holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California, and a Doctor of Social Work from UCLA. She has made numerous presentations and published many articles about the psychological impact of the concentration camp experience on Japanese Americans, including “At Home in 1-9-B,” in the Nikkei Heritage, Spring 2004 and “Psychological Effects of Internment” in A matter of Conscience: Essays on World War II Draft Resistance Movement, 2002.
The time in Heart Mountain was a pivotal experience for her, and she is honored to be able to help educate the public about the injustice of race-based detention through her service on the HMWF Advisory Committee.
Our Advisory Council provides guidance to the Foundation and is comprised of experts in a wide range of areas, including education, science, communications, marketing, and public service.
Best known among our distinguished advisors are two men who have dedicated their lives to public service and whose names are associated with Wyoming leadership and Japanese American history. They are Alan K. Simpson and Norman Y. Mineta. The two met during World War II as Boy Scouts from opposite sides of the barbed wire fence surrounding Heart Mountain.
Their friendship defied wartime uncertainty and has lasted for more than 65 years. Coincidentally, both entered public service and found themselves serving in Congress at the same time--Simpson as the U.S. Senator representing Wyoming (1979-97)and Mineta as a Congressman from California. (1975-95). Mineta was subsequently appointed U.S. Secretary of Commerce by President Bill Clinton and then became U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush.
Advisory Council member Carolyn Takeshita addresses the education conference,
"Removal, Redress, Reflection" held at the Japanese American National Museum in fall 2010.
Click photo to read more about the event, which was presented by HMWF, JANM and the UCLA George & Sakaye Aratani Japanese American Studies Department.
— RAFU SHIMPO Photo by MARIO REYES
NORMAN Y. MINETA - Washington, D.C.
ALAN K. SIMPSON (retired) - Cody, WY
NANCY K. ARAKI - Los Angeles, CA
WILLIAM HIGUCHI, Ph. D - Salt Lake City, UT
ERIC MULLER, - Chapel Hill, NC
TOSHIKO NAGAMORI ITO - Laguna Woods, CA
JOANNE KUMAMOTO - Los Angeles, CA
AMY MASS - El Cerrito, CA
ALAN KUMAMOTO - Los Angeles, CA
JIM McELWAIN - Los Angeles, CA
NAOMI OSHITA - Hacienda Heights, CA
MARIKO TERASAKI MILLER: HONORARY CONSUL OF JAPAN - Casper, WY
JEANETTE MITARAI MISAKA, Ph.D - Salt Lake City, UT
BACON SAKATANI - West Covina, CA
CAROLYN TAKESHITA - Denver, CO
JUDGE RAYMOND S. UNO (retired) - Salt Lake City, UT
BARBARA URIU - Verdi, NV