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Japanese Immigrant Clothing in Hawaii 1885-1941 by Barbara F. Kawakami

Japanese Immigrant Clothing in Hawaii 1885-1941


Japanese Immigrant Clothing in Hawaii 1885-1941 by Barbara F. Kawakami

About the Author

Barbara F. Kawakami (nee Oyama) was born in Japan in 1921 and immigrated to Hawaii with her family when she was three months old. She learned to sew at a young age, and for thirty-eight years was a dressmaker--a profession she continued after marriage while raising a family of three children. At age fifty-three, she entered college and earned a BS in fashion design and merchandising, and later an MA in Asian studies. Ms. Kawakami has been a researcher, writer, and consultant for a number of projects, including the film Picture Bride, released by Miramax Pictures in 1994. Her award-winning book, Japanese Immigrant Clothing in Hawaii 1885-1941, was published in 1993.

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Publication date

28th February 1995


Barbara F. Kawakami

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University of Hawai'i Press


272 pages


Fashion & society



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