Satsuki Ina was born in the Tule Lake Segregation Center, a maximum security concentration camp for Japanese Americans during WWII. Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at California State University, Sacramento, she has been researching the long-term impact of the incarceration trauma and its intergenerational impact.
A community activist, writer, and filmmaker, she has produced two award-winning documentary films about the WWII Japanese American incarceration. Children of the Camps was broadcast nationally on PBS from 1999 to 2003. In 2005, she produced a second documentary, From A Silk Cocoon which was based on letters exchanged between her parents while held in separate prison camps during WWII. It was awarded a Northern California Emmy for Outstanding Cultural and Historical Programming.
Dr. Ina has a private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area where she serves as therapist and consultant for communities confronted with trauma related to clergy abuse, acculturation, racism, and captivity. With a specialization in cross-cultural counseling, she has conducted groups for Japanese Americans who, like herself, were children in the prison camps.