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[Audio] We Didn't Marry the War: Stories of War Brides in Nikkei History (Session in Japanese)

A performance of scenes (in English) from Velina Hasu Houston’s drama Tea , followed by an open conversation (in Japanese and English) about the work’s five fictional Japanese women who, with their American soldier husbands, settled in Junction City, Kansas, in the 1950s. Their experiences with their husbands and children, the societies of both Japan and America, and their nationalities serve as points of discussions about the real lives of so-called war brides.


  • Junko Kondo 
  • Michelle Lim 
  • Kryselle Manzano 
  • Mariko Sandico 
  • Annia Yoshizumi


  • Wesley Ueunten, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University


  • Stephen H. Sumida, Ph.D., Professor of American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington 
  • Mariko Takagi-Kitayama, Ph.D., Professor, Aichi Gakuin University

* This session is supported in part by grants from The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies.

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