Tetsuden (Tetsu) Kashima was born in Oakland, California, and in 1942, as an infant, with his family, was incarcerated in the Tanforan Assembly Center and the Topaz (Utah) War Relocation Authority camp until 1945. Tetsu received his B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph. D. degree in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego. Tetsu came to the University of Washington in 1976 and is presently a Professor in the Department of American Ethnic Studies and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology. He has been an invited Visiting Professor at Ryukoku University in Kyoto and the Yamaguchi National University in Yamaguchi, Japan. Besides publications in numerous journals, he has authored many articles and published two books: Buddhism in America: The Social Organization of an Ethnic Religious Institution (1977) and Judgment Without Trial: Japanese American Imprisonment during World War II (2003,2004).