Arlene Inouye shares about her relationship with Tohru Matsuo, the founder of the Agape Fellowship cult. Arlene details how Tohru convinced her to marry him, how Tohru brainwashed her and so many others in the community, and how she finally exited the cult and found healing on the outside. (Intro: Pop Secret?)
Arlene Inouye is a sansei who descends from George Shima, the California Potato King and early civil rights leader from Stockton who unsuccessfully fought against the passage of the Alien Land Law of 1913. Her Grandmother on her mother’s side was the first and only Japanese social worker in the city of Los Angeles in the early 1900’s. Her family was incarcerated at numerous camps during World War II-Manzanar, Poston, Rohwer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Arlene has a BA and MA in communicative disorders from Long Beach State University. Arlene has been a Spanish bilingual speech and language specialist for over 18 years and was elected as a UTLA Officer for the past seven years as Treasurer and Secretary of the second largest teachers union in the nation. In 2018, she led the UTLA Bargaining Team through a historic strike and contract settlement that included smaller class sizes, more nurses, counselors, librarians, mental health professionals and a pay increase. She has also been a community organizer, human rights activist, parent educator, multicultural and human relations specialist and leader in progressive educational reform. Presently, Arlene is a Vice President of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), and serves on the Executive Board of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA). She has a daughter, three step children, two grand-daughters and has been remarried for the past 17 years.