Barbara Kawakami
Remembering Japanese 'Picture Brides'


Leslie Wilcox talks story with Barbara Kawakami who, just three months old in 1921, arrived in Hawaii with her family and a ship full of Japanese "Picture Brides". These young women were about to enter into arranged marriages to plantation laborers. Barbara has devoted the last thirty years collecting the clothing and preserving the almost-lost accounts of first generation immigrants, many of them picture brides.

Barbara Kawakami