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Special Presentation and Book Signing by Author Barbara Kawakami

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi in partnership with the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui and the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center is proud to present a special presentation and book signing on September 30, 2017 with author Barbara F. Kawakami. Picture Bride Stories, 2016 -2017 Winner of The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) award for Literature Adult Non-Fiction.

During the 1885 to 1924 immigration period of sugar plantation laborers from Japan to Hawaiʻi, more than 200,000 Japanese, mostly men, made the long journey by ship to Hawaiʻi.
As it became apparent that they would never return to Japan, many of the men sent for brides to join them in their adopted home. More than 20,000 of these “picture brides” immigrated from Japan and Okinawa to Hawaiʻi to marry husbands whom they knew only through photographs exchanged between them or their families.

Based on Barbara Kawakami’s first-hand interviews with sixteen of these women, Picture Bride Stories is a poignant collection that recounts the diverse circumstances that led them to marry strangers, their voyages to Hawaiʻi, the surprises and trials that they encountered upon arriving, and the lives they led upon settling in a strange new land. Many found hardship, yet persevered and endured the difficult working and living conditions of the sugarcane plantations for the sake of their children. As they acclimated to a foreign place and forged new relationships, they overcame challenges and eventually prospered in a better life.

The stories of the issei women exemplify the importance of friendships and familial networks in coping with poverty and economic security. Although these remarkable women are gone, their legacy lives on in their children, grandchildren, and succeeding generations.

The program will include a screening of excerpts of interviews with some of the women featured in Picture Bride Stories that were conducted with Barbara Kawakami for various segments of the Rice & Roses television series. These interviews presentation is courtesy of the Center for Labor Education and Research (CLEAR), University of Hawaii- West Oahu. Chris Conybeare, Producer/Writer, Joy Chong-Stannard, Director/Editor.”

Sponsored by The Hiroaki, Elaine and Lawrence Kono Foundation and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but RESERVATIONS are requested.


Presentation and Book Signing:
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 2:00PM
Location: Maui Adult Day Care Center
(on the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center campus)
1 Go For Broke Place, Kahului, HI
(665 Kahului Beach Road)

Date: Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm



Nisei Veterans Memorial Center

Wailuku, HI USA 96793

Island Area: Central Maui


Website: www.nvmc.org

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