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Dale Furutani

Dale Furutani is a third generation Japanese American (a sansei). He is the first Asian American to win major mystery writing awards.

 

He was born in Hilo, Hawaii, on December 1, 1946.

His family is originally from Suo-Oshima Island, which is south of Hiroshima in the Sea of Japan. His grandfather and grandmother came to Hawaii in 1896 to work on the sugar plantations as indentured servants, but his grandfather soon escaped his contract and eventually became a successful fisherman until his fishing boat was taken from him during World War II. (The U.S. government decided that since his fishing boat had a radio, he might be a spy!)
 

Dale's mother was at Pearl Harbor during the infamous attack on December 7, 1941. She was at a church camp over the harbor, and could see the attack unfold below her. During the war she worked for the American Red Cross in Honolulu.

When he was five, Dale was adopted by John Flanagan and moved to California. There he met with racial prejudice for the first time, as he was virtually the only Asian in his school.

Dale went to California State University, Long Beach, where he received a degree in Creative Writing, and UCLA, where he received an MBA in Marketing and Information Systems. He worked his way through undergraduate school writing articles and serving as a contributing editor for various magazines.

Dale started writing book-length fiction in 1993, and Death in Little Tokyo was his first novel. It was nominated for an Agatha award, an Anthony Award and a Macavity award as Best First Mystery. It won both the Anthony and the Macavity, making Dale the first Asian American to ever win a major mystery award. His second Ken Tanaka mystery novel, The Toyotomi Blades, appeared in October, 1997. In 1998, he started a new historical series with Death at the Crossroads, the first book in a mystery trilogy.

He has also had three non-fiction books and over 250 articles published. He has won prizes for his poetry and had a one-act play produced while he was in college.

Dale owned a small consulting company that specialized in the automotive industry. Nissan, Subaru, J.D. Power and Associates, Land Rover North America, Xerox, Oracle, G.E., Cap-Gemini and Isuzu are among his many clients. He has also served as President of a software company, Parts Marketing Manager for Yamaha motorcycles, Director of Information Technology for Nissan Motor Corp.in U.S.A. and the CIO for a large automotive web company.

Dale has been married over 50 years and he and his wife Sharon spend 25% of their time in Europe. The rest of their time is in the U.S., primarily in the Seattle area.

Dale Furutani

Dale Furutani is a third generation Japanese American (a sansei). He is the first Asian American to win major mystery writing awards.

 

He was born in Hilo, Hawaii, on December 1, 1946.

His family is originally from Suo-Oshima Island, which is south of Hiroshima in the Sea of Japan. His grandfather and grandmother came to Hawaii in 1896 to work on the sugar plantations as indentured servants, but his grandfather soon escaped his contract and eventually became a successful fisherman until his fishing boat was taken from him during World War II. (The U.S. government decided that since his fishing boat had a radio, he might be a spy!)
 

Dale's mother was at Pearl Harbor during the infamous attack on December 7, 1941. She was at a church camp over the harbor, and could see the attack unfold below her. During the war she worked for the American Red Cross in Honolulu.

When he was five, Dale was adopted by John Flanagan and moved to California. There he met with racial prejudice for the first time, as he was virtually the only Asian in his school.

Dale went to California State University, Long Beach, where he received a degree in Creative Writing, and UCLA, where he received an MBA in Marketing and Information Systems. He worked his way through undergraduate school writing articles and serving as a contributing editor for various magazines.

Dale started writing book-length fiction in 1993, and Death in Little Tokyo was his first novel. It was nominated for an Agatha award, an Anthony Award and a Macavity award as Best First Mystery. It won both the Anthony and the Macavity, making Dale the first Asian American to ever win a major mystery award. His second Ken Tanaka mystery novel, The Toyotomi Blades, appeared in October, 1997. In 1998, he started a new historical series with Death at the Crossroads, the first book in a mystery trilogy.

He has also had three non-fiction books and over 250 articles published. He has won prizes for his poetry and had a one-act play produced while he was in college.

Dale owned a small consulting company that specialized in the automotive industry. Nissan, Subaru, J.D. Power and Associates, Land Rover North America, Xerox, Oracle, G.E., Cap-Gemini and Isuzu are among his many clients. He has also served as President of a software company, Parts Marketing Manager for Yamaha motorcycles, Director of Information Technology for Nissan Motor Corp.in U.S.A. and the CIO for a large automotive web company.

Dale has been married over 50 years and he and his wife Sharon spend 25% of their time in Europe. The rest of their time is in the U.S., primarily in the Seattle area.

 

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