November 1, 2011 | CUNY Lecture Series, William Macaulay Honors College at CUNY
Soon after World War I, many young Japanese women arrived in California as mail-order brides, seeking to better their lives. But future husbands were often a disappointment, or worse. “On the boat, they could not have known that the photographs they had been sent were often 20 years old and that the letters that had been written to them were by professionals whose job it was to tell lies and win hearts,” says Julie Otsuka, author of The Buddha in the Attic. At an event at Macaulay Honors College featuring Knopf Doubleday authors, Otsuka read from her latest novel, which tells the often heartbreaking stories of what became of these women and their families.