Author: Ronny Herman deJong
About the Author: Ronny Herman de Jong, born on Java in the Dutch East Indies, having survived both three and a half years in World War Two Japanese concentration camps and four years of the Bersiap, the Nationalists’ fight for independence, continued her education at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where she attained a BA in English. She immigrated to the United States and settled in California. A secretary at NASA, she also worked as a fashion model and actress in the greater Los Angeles area, and then moved to Hawai’i where she published her first book “In the Shadow of the Sun”. Based on the secret camp journal of her mother, which she translated and edited, it was one of the first English-language accounts in North America about the Japanese concentration camps for women and children during World War Two. Currently back on the mainland with her husband of 52 years, Ronny published her memoir “Rising from the Shadow of the Sun: A Story of Love, Survival and Joy”. She is speaking for book groups, schools, veterans’ organizations and retirement centers with a Power Point presentation to share the message of Japanese women and children’s camps during World War Two in the Pacific and to inspire younger generations to set goals for their lives and achieve their dreams, no matter where they came from. A Member of the Professional Writers of Prescott and the Society of Southwestern Authors, Ronny is planning to write two more non-fiction books.