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Otsuka, Julie (1962-)

Julie Otsuka is an award winning Japanese American author. She is well known for her historical fiction that explores Japanese Americans. She studied art at Yale University before taking-up fiction writing at the age of thirty. She won the 2011 National Book Award for "The Buddha in the Attic', as well as the PEN/Faulkner Award for 2012.

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The following books will help with your research into the Picture Brides and the internment of people of Japanese origin in the United States during World War II.



Cathy Song's poem 'Picture Bride" is about her Korean grandmother, a picture bride from Korea who found herself in Hawaii. It expresses many of the same sentiments that would have been felt by Otsuka's Japanese picture brides, The Buddha in the Attic.

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Buddha in the attic

When the Emperor was divine

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