Brock Township’s May Book Club

Brock Township’s May Book Club

About the book

Speak, Okinawa by Elizabeth Miki Brina

A “hauntingly beautiful memoir about family and identity” (NPR) and a young woman’s journey to understanding her complicated parents–her mother an Okinawan war bride, her father a Vietnam veteran–and her own, fraught cultural heritage.

Elizabeth’s mother was working as a nightclub hostess on U.S.-occupied Okinawa when she met the American soldier who would become her husband. The language barrier and power imbalance that defined their early relationship followed them to the predominantly white, upstate New York suburb where they moved to raise their only daughter. There, Elizabeth grew up with the trappings of a typical American childhood and adolescence. Yet even though she felt almost no connection to her mother’s distant home, she also felt out of place among her peers.
Decades later, Elizabeth comes to recognize the shame and self-loathing that haunt both her and her mother, and attempts a form of reconciliation, not only to come to terms with the embattled dynamics of her family but also to reckon with the injustices that reverberate throughout the history of Okinawa and its people. Clear-eyed and profoundly humane, Speak, Okinawa is a startling accomplishment–a heartfelt exploration of identity, inheritance, forgiveness, and what it means to be an American.

Buy the book Discussion Questions


May 30 2022


May 30th at 7 PM
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pub 12


Pub 12
Pub 12, 14 Cameron St. W Cannington, ON L0E1E0


Rebecca Taylor


  1. Gail Millett says:

    Hi! I just want to confirm that I am registered for the May Book Club Gathering

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