Jon Masuo Yamashiro was born the oldest son and raised as a third generation Okinawan American in the “cultural pastiche” of Honolulu, Hawaii. He traveled from the islands to study at Washington University in St. Louis and received his BFA in 1985, then went on to earn an MFA in photography from Indiana University in 1991. He has exhibited his photographs in solo, group and juried shows nationally and internationally. Since the fall of 1993, he has had the privilege of teaching photography to college students at Miami University. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Effective Educator award by the Alumni Association at Miami University. Jon lives in Liberty, Indiana with his wife Jennifer and their daughter Lydia and son Luke.