Humanities Kansas presents: Voices of Japanese “War Brides” in Postwar Kansas

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Join us as Ayako Mizumura explores “Voices of Japanese ‘War Brides’ in Postwar Kansas.” This event is sponsored by the Manhattan Library Association and made possible by a grant from Humanities Kansas. Everyone is welcome and the participants can be entered into a book giveaway of "They Called Us Enemy" by George Takei. Courtesy of K-State First Book.

Japanese women fled the devastation of a war-torn Japan after World War II to find challenges in a strange, new world. After marrying U.S. military men and moving to the United States, these young women often faced challenges and hardships while others found opportunity and success. 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.

Ayako is the academic director of the University of Kansas’s Center for East Asian Studies, a role she’s held since 2013.