The Authors of Oregon Encyclopedia


Homer Yasui was born in Hood River in 1924 and lived there for seventeen years. He attended the University of Denver and Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. Homer married Miyuki Yabe in 1950, and moved to Oregon a year later, where he served three years in a surgical residency at Emanuel Hospital in Portland. In 1954, he joined the U.S. Navy and spent eighteen months at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan. He served another eighteen months in a general surgical residency at the old St. Vincent's Hospital in Portland, then opened a general surgical practice in Milwaukie. He retired in 1987.


Barbara Yasui is a third generation Japanese American whose family has lived in Oregon for over a century.  Yasui received her B.A. from Stanford University and M.Ed. from the University of Washington.  When she was an undergraduate, she spent one summer doing research on people of Japanese ancestry who lived in Oregon prior to World War II, which led to the publication of an article in the Oregon Historical Quarterly.  Yasui currently lives in Seattle and teaches at Shoreline Community College.


Morgen Young is a consulting historian through her company Alder, LLC. Her work focuses on exhibit development and curation, historic preservation, and oral history. She holds a master's degree in public history from the University of South Carolina. In 2012, she received the Excellence in Consulting Award from the National Council on Public History for her work on Oregon Health & Science University's Diversity Story Wall exhibit.


Jason T. Younker, PhD, Anthropology (Univ. of Oregon, 2003) is an Associate Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. He grew up on South Slough of Coos Bay and wrote his dissertation entitled Coquille/Kō´Kwell, A Southern Oregon Coast Indian Tribe: Revisiting History, Ingenuity, and Identity. He is a member of the Coquille Indian Tribe.