Children of the Occupation: Japan's Untold Story by Walter Hamilton

By Walter Hamilton

A relocating account of the lives of mixed-race young ones of occupied Japan. youngsters of the career blends oral histories with an historic and political research of foreign race kinfolk and immigration coverage in North the United States and Australia. It highlights the little-known tale of the hundreds of thousands of youngsters that resulted from the unions of eastern ladies and Allied servicemen published to Japan following the second one international conflict. This robust narrative of loss, longing and reconnection is written by means of the ABC’s long-time Tokyo correspondent, Walter Hamilton.

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