Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality: How to Be an American Housewife - Jan. 22

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The Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Presents:


How to Be an American Housewife: American Red Cross “Bride Schools” in Japan in the Cold War Era

Tuesday, January 22, 2019


Location: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston


Sonia Gomez, University of Chicago

Comment: Arissa Oh, Boston College


In 1951, the American Red Cross in Japan began offering “schools for brides,” to prepare Japanese women married to American servicemen for successful entry into the United States. This paper argues that bride schools measured Japanese women’s ability to be good wives and mothers because their immigration to the US depended on their labor within the home as well as their reproductive value in the family.


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RSVP required. Email or call 617-646-0579. Attendance is free and open to everyone.


We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

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