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Japan Brats – What the Experts Say

The Youth Who Bridged Opposite Worlds: three volume series

Michael Weddington

In 1946, the U.S. Military inadvertently conducted one of the most fascinating social science experiments of the 20th century: They began sending thousands of American children from all over the U.S. to live in lands of recent bitter enemies for years at a time, with their parents. One prominent destination was Japan (including Okinawa), a culture as mysterious to America as any on Earth. Whatever happened to those American children in Japan, and the waves of dependents that followed them?

…a monumental labor of love that I—as a former military kid who spent part of my youth in Japan—read with tears in my eyes and a new understanding of the power of representation.

Sarah Bird, author, The Yokota Officers Club and Above the East China Sea

With tears in my heart, thank you, Michael Weddington, for Japan Brats.

Pamela G. Blaxton-Dowd, author of Condemned to die & A Mother’s afterthoughts

Exceptionally captivating, personal, and raw accounts of Third Culture Kids growing up in post-war and mostly pre-internet/social media Japan.

Margaret Johnson, Chair of the LA County Bar Association’s Armed Forces Committee

A great, important, and captivating read. Japan Brats: The Youth Who Bridged Opposite Worlds, occupies a unique place in the world of Third Culture Kid (TCK) writings.

Ruth E. Van Reken, co-author, Third Culture Kids

Eminently readable, deeply moving, and very revealing.

Mary Edwards Wertsch, author, Military Brats

I am delighted that Michael Weddington has created such a comprehensive and thoughtful look into the culture, history, and stories of military children.

Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, Founder, Museum of the American Military Family

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