Too yellow or not yellow enough

Jean Tokuda Irwin
Salt Lake City Public Library

“I’m Japanese-American with a Japanese mom and a father who was a GI.”

The Japanese called children like me Konketsuji, or loosely translated, GI bastard child. I was one of the offspring of a a Japanese mother and an American GI during the post-war occupation years, in sort of a modern day Madama Butterfly story. I don’t know if my mother committed seppuko. I was left in a orphanage when I was three or four. Unlike Pinkerton, I don’t know if my father ever returned to Japan.

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  • Jean Tokuda Irwin

    I am not from Pasadena. I met Michelle Norris when she appeared at the Salt Lake City Public Library. She was interviewed by Doug Fabrizio while the audience listened.

    The Japanese called children like me Konketsuji, or loosely translated, GI bastard child. I was one of the offspring of a a Japanese mother and an American GI during the post-war occupation years, in sort of a modern day Madama Butterfly story. I don’t know if my mather committed seppuko. I was left in a orphanage when I was three or four. Unlike Pinkerton, I don’t know if my father ever returned to Japan.

 

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