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Ayako Mizumura, Speaker

Academic director of the University of Kansas's Center for East Asian Studies

Voices of Japanese "War Brides" in Postwar Kansas

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. 

Contact Ayako directly about speaking at your event:
mizu@ku.edu
(785) 979-0070
Lawrence

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