Elizabeth Miki Brina’s new memoir Speak Okinawa is a “searing, deeply candid memoir about a young woman’s journey to understanding her complicated parents—her mother, an Okinawan war bride, her father, a Vietnam veteran—and her own, fraught cultural heritage.”
We sit down with the author for a probing interview that looks at the pitfalls of cross-cultural marriage, as well as Brina’s own guilt and frequent embarrassment at being a mixed-race, mixed-heritage child. Her book seeks to uncover who her parents really are, to explore her own internalized racism, and to apologize for her inability to see how much her mother loved her, and how much she had lost in moving abroad.
Order your copy of Speak Okinawa here, or find it at your local bookstore.
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