USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies Summer Book Club

Wednesday, August 11 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Join a community of readers interested in the Asia Pacific this summer.
This month featuring:
Manchurian Legacy by Kuramoto, Kazuko

This event is free and open to the USF community and the public.
Register here.

USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies Summer Book Club, read with the Center for Asia Pacific Studies, Wednesday's June 23, July 14, August 11 at 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

We've had such fun reading with you in the past, we've decided to offer another summer book club. We’ll provide the online link, the moderator, and the community of fellow readers interested in learning more about the Asia Pacific region; you provide the book. All are welcome to join us for any or all of the book club meetings. Reserve your spot today!

Manchurian Legacy by Kuramoto, Kazuko
Wed., Aug. 11th
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom

This event is free and open to the USF community and the public.
Register here.

Kuramoto, Kazuko. Manchurian Legacy: Memoirs of a Japanese Colonist. East Lansing, Mich: Michigan State University Press, 1999.

What the publisher has to say about MANCHURIAN LEGACY:

Kazuko Kuramoto was born and raised in Dairen, Manchuria, in 1927, at the peak of Japanese expansionism in Asia. Dairen and the neighboring Port Arthur were important colonial outposts on the Liaotung Peninsula; the train lines established by Russia and taken over by the Japanese, ended there. When Kuramoto's grandfather arrived in Dairen as a member of the Japanese police force shortly after the end of the Russo-Japanese War in 1905, the family's belief in Japanese supremacy and its "divine" mission to "save" Asia from Western imperialists was firmly in place. As a third-generation colonist, the seventeen-year-old Kuramoto readily joined the Red Cross Nurse Corps in 1944 to aid in the war effort and in her country's sacred cause. A year later, her family listened to the emperor's radio broadcast ". . . we shall have to endure the unendurable, to suffer the insufferable." Japan surrendered unconditionally.

Manchurian Legacy is the story of the family's life in Dairen, their survival as a forgotten people during the battle to reclaim Manchuria waged by Russia, Nationalist China, and Communist China, and their subsequent repatriation to a devastated Japan. Kuramoto describes a culture based on the unthinking oppression of the colonized by the colonizer. And, because Manchuria was, in essence, a Japanese frontier, her family lived a freer and more luxurious life than they would have in Japan—one relatively unscathed by the war until after the surrender.

As a commentator Kuramoto explores her culture both from the inside, subjectively, and from the outside, objectively. Her memoirs describe her coming of age in a colonial society, her family's experiences in war-torn Manchuria, and her "homecoming" to Japan—where she had never been—just as Japan is engaged in its own cultural upheaval.

This event is free and open to the USF community and the public.
Register here.