Episode 3

Picture Brides

Picture BrideA Picture Bride Portrait of Kinori Oka (nee Shinohara); Japan
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Episode 3 – Picture Brides

Picture brides were the early twentieth-century’s version of extreme online dating.  Japanese men living in Canada would exchange pictures with a Japanese woman back in Japan. Once a match was struck, the woman would marry the man by proxy in Japan and then sail to Canada to meet her husband for the very first time.  Talk about intense.

Raymond's Notes on Picture Brides

Who, how, when, where and why on Picture Brides by Raymond Nakamura

 

Produced and Hosted by Raymond Nakamura and Alexis Jensen (who
in the future will endeavour to say ‘like’ and ‘so’ less)

Music by Aiko Saita


Sources

Ayukawa, Michiko Midge. “Good Wives and Wise Mothers: Japanese Picture Brides in Early Twentieth-Century British Columbia,”
BC Studies: Women’s History and Gender Studies (Spring/Summer 1995), p: 103-118.
 
Ayukawa, Michiko Midge. “Neither Wataridori Nor Dekasegi:  Early Japanese Women Building New Lives in Canada, ”
Japan in Focus.  New York: Captus Press, 1994, p: 267-274.
 
Ito, Roy. Stories of My People: A Japanese Canadian Journal. Hamilton: S-20 and Nisei Veterans Assocation, 1994.
 
Makabe, Tomoko, (translated by Kathleen Chisato Merken). Picture Brides in Canada. Ontario: Multicultural Historical Society of Ontario, 1990.
 

Nakayama, Gordon G. Issei: Stories of Japanese Canadian Pioneers. Toronto: NC Press, 1984.