Japanese War Brides in America: An Oral History

Japanese War Brides in America: An Oral History

Japanese War Brides in America: An Oral History

Japanese War Brides in America: An Oral History

Synopsis

Reveals the stories of nineteen Japanese war brides whose assimilation into American culture forever influenced future generations.

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The research on Japanese war brides has been ignored. No comprehensive books on them have been published, although several books on Japanese war brides have been published in Japan, Australia, and the United States.

The first book written about the Japanese war brides in the United States was Issei, Nisei, War Bride, Three Generations of Japanese American Women in Domestic Service, by Dr. Evelyn Nakano Glenn in 1986. This book provides research on the Japanese American women in the United States, although its description of Japanese war brides was sketchy and limited. On Japanese war brides, A Study of the Marital Stability of Japanese War Brides, a monograph, and Tsuchino: My Japanese War Bride, a biography by the husband, were published in 1976 and 2005, respectively. I translated Tsuchino into Japanese, and it was published in 2009. In the 20th century, researchers often ignored the history of the Japanese Americans except for Japanese American internment during World War II.

—Katie Kaori Hayashi . . .

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