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Monday, March 14, 2016, 18:15 - 20:30

Itoh will talk about the making of her debut novel, which takes inspiration from her own mother’s war experiences in China.

 

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Keiko Itoh

 

Shanghai after Pearl Harbor. Eiko Kishimoto, a young, London-educated Japanese housewife, settles into a privileged existence in the French Concession as a member of the community of the Occupying Power. As war progresses, and Japan tightens its control within China; however, tensions mount, relationships unravel, and allegiances are questioned. It is not long before Eiko awakens to the meaning and implications of occupation for both her international friends and for Japanese civilians.

Keiko Itoh will talk about the making of her debut novel, which takes inspiration from her own mother’s war experiences in China. Based on extensive historical research, Itoh throws light on the Pacific War from the unusual perspective of a young Japanese woman caught between her Christian values and loyalty to her country. “A rare and sensitive look at Japanese civilians living in occupied Shanghai, and their fascinating interactions with an array of other peoples from German Nazis to Jewish refugees, American Quakers, and Chinese nationalists and collaborators alike. Itoh gives us not the familiar story of fanatical Japanese militarists, but of a cosmopolitan young woman who questions Japan’s ruinous war against China and the Western powers,” writes Sheldon Garon, Nissan Professor of History, Princeton University.

Keiko Itoh, a London-based writer and interpreter, was born in Kobe, Japan. After obtaining her BA from Swarthmore College and MA from Yale University, she worked at the United Nations in New York, and then at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank in London. In mid-career, she decided to return to university to research the historical context of her unusually international family. Her first book, The Japanese Community in Pre-war Britain: From Integration to Disintegration (Curzon Press, 2001), based on her PhD dissertation from the London School of Economics, is a social history of the Japanese community in London to which her grandfather and mother belonged.

The library committee is offering a cocktail party "Meet the Author" starting at 6:15 pm, followed by dinner at 6:45 pm (Main Dish: Sautéed Salmon with Herb Tomato Sauce). Drinks can be ordered on a cash basis from the bar in the room. Book Break charges are 2,100yen/3,500yen (members/non-members) per person. The member price is applicable to members’ guests.

To FCCJ members: Sign up now at the reception desk (03-3211-3161) or on the FCCJ website. To help us plan proper seating and food preparation, please reserve in advance, preferably by noon of the day of the event. Those without reservations will be turned away once available seats are filled. Reservations cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged in full.

To non-members: Sign up now at the reception desk (03-3211-3161) or by mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Please reserve and pay in advance by Wednesday, March 9. Those without reservations will be turned away once available seats are filled. No refund is available unless the event is cancelled for the reasons on our part.

(The talk will be in English)

 



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