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Lilian Takahashi Hoffecker is Sansei born in Yokohama, Japan, and raised as an American. Her father is a Terminal Island Nisei and her mother a Yokohama native. Her grandfather was Torao Takahashi, the tuna fisherman who sought justice all way to the U.S. Supreme Court, for his right to earn a living in the commercial fishing industry. Lilian has a PhD from the University of Chicago and worked as a researcher and educator in anthropology before changing careers mid-life to become a medical librarian. Throughout the years she has been a writer and has published in popular magazines like American Heritage and Highlights for Children . Lilian and her family live in Colorado.