16th of 2015.


Tei: A Memoir of the End of War and Beginning of Peace // Tei Fujiwara (translated by Nana Mizushima)

In my personal experience, conversations concerning WWII and Japan are limited to two or three topics: (1) Hiroshima and Nagasaki; (2) Pearl Harbor; and (3) imperialism. However, Tei [and Nana] has done a wonderful service to shed light on the overshadowed suffering of refugees — especially women with children. As a Korean-American, albeit poorly learned concerning the histories of either Korea or Japan, this memoir was a refreshing sting — other Korean-Americans will do well to read and empathize with a woman who had agonized painstakingly and persisted victoriously.


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