Karen is an award-winning documentary film producer/writer and museum curator. Karen is a writer specializing in Japanese American and Asian Pacific Island history and culture. In addition to her documentary film work she has authored three books and many articles. Her most recent publication is Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties (Verso 2016). Ishizuka also helped establish the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. A third-generation American of Japanese ancestry, Ishizuka lives in Culver City with her husband Robert A. Nakamura and has two children and three grandchildren.