Kanako Kuramitsu //
Forgotten Voices of Children Born of War during and after the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945)
Kanako obtained her Masters of Social Science at the Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku. Her MA thesis discussed how Japan’s Technical Intern Training Program has been designed and implemented to secure inexpensive foreign labor, mainly from China, for Japanese enterprises. She has previously lived in China for 5 years, including the time she worked as a Japanese language teacher at Jinan Foreign Language School and the University of Nottingham Ningbo China.
Her personal interactions and experiences in China have been motivating her to explore stories of individuals who have been affected by politics in wartime and post-war East Asia. She will be interviewing and collecting information regarding children born of Chinese mothers and Japanese fathers during the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) and in the immediate post-war period, and she is very excited to be part of this important collaborative project.