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Voices of Japanese “War Brides” in Postwar Kansas

Date and Time: October 8, 2022, 3:30 PM CT

Location: Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park
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Japanese women fled the devastation of a war-torn Japan after World War II to find challenges in a strange, new world. After marrying US military men and moving to the United States, these young women often faced challenges and hardship while others found opportunity and success. How did they adjust to a Western world and a military culture? How did they maintain connection to their homes and families back in Japan? This talk will share the voices of Japanese women who triumphed amidst great struggle to find community, connection, and cultural identity in the place they viewed as the last destination of their lives— the Kansas prairie. Presented by Ayako Mizumura.

This presentation is part of "21st Century Civics," a collection of resources that invite Kansans to participate in community discussions and learn more about the history of American democracy and the shared responsibilities of citizenship. "21st Century Civics" is made possible with support from "A More Perfect Union: America at 250," an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Sponsored by: Heart of America Japan American Society


For more information about this event, please contact:
Francis Lemery
(913) 568-9084


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