The Authors of the Oregon Encyclopedia
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 is a Senior Associate at Everyday Democracy.
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.
Bob Yeats is emeritus professor of geology at Oregon State University. He is a fellow of AAAS and Geological Society of America. His focus is on earthquake geology, especially evidence for active faults in oil-company data. Books include Geology of Earthquakes (Oxford University Press, with coauthors Kerry Sieh and Clarence Allen), Active Faults of the World and Earthquake Time Bombs (Cambridge University Press, and Living with Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon State University Press). He has done research in southern California, Oregon and Washington, the Himalaya, South Island of New Zealand, and western China.
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 assistant vice-president and adviser to the president at the University of Oregon. 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.