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.
We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!