Joan Yasui Emerson
Joan Yasui Emerson is a Sansei (third generation) Japanese-American. She is the granddaughter of Masuo and Shidzuyo Yasui, early twentieth-century settlers in the Hood River Valley. Emerson holds a B.A. from the University of Oregon and a Master's degree from Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania. She has resided in Berkeley, California, for 30 years.
Dignity Village in Portland, an intentional community of homeless people, is a membership-based, nonprofit organization. It is recognized as a legal encampment by the City of Portland. In September 2000, a landmark decision by Judge Liam Gallagher overturned the city's camping ban, judging it to be "cruel and unusual punishment." …