Wendy Masako Yoshimura
(born January 17, 1943) is an American still life watercolor painter
better known for her involvement with the Symbionese Liberation Army
. She was born in a World War II-era California internment camp
, and raised in Japan and the Central Valley
. She encountered and became involved in radical politics during her last year of art college as a result of meeting Willie Brandt, founder of the Revolutionary Army in Berkeley, California.
Yoshimura was born at the Manzanar Internment Camp
for Japanese Americans
where her American-born parents were incarcerated. After the war the Yoshimura family moved to Etajima
, a small island off the coast of Hiroshima
, where her father worked for the Allied Occupation
forces. The family returned to the US when Yoshimura was 13 years old. Because she did not speak English, Yoshimura was initially placed in the second grade in the Fresno school system. She graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts
) in 1969.
Yoshimura became associated with the Revolutionary Army, a group founded by her then boyfriend, Willie Brandt, which has never been shown to have had more than five members. Brandt appended the title to public statements claiming responsibility for violent actions intended to express opposition to the Vietnam War. In 1972, police discovered a weapons and explosives cache in a... Read More