London’s January Book Club

London’s January Book Club

The space is private, so there is no contact with other people. Please do a lateral flow test on the day to keep everyone safe.

About the book

Speak, Okinawa by Elizabeth Miki Brina

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


Jan 25 2022


January 25th at 7 PM
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Academy Hotel


The Academy Hotel
The Academy Hotel, 21 Gower Street, London WC1E 6HG


Christiane Bark

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