Uncle Gunjiro's Girlfriend


  • Fort Mason Center for the Arts - Southside Theatre 2 Marina Boulevard San Francisco, CA, 94123 United States

A secret shame at the time of the Great Earthquake, the marriage of Helen Emery daughter of the Archdeacon of Grace Cathedral and Gunjiro Aoki, scion of a samurai noble house, sparked Yellow peril journalism, public outrage, death threats and the loss of Ms. Emery’s citizenship. Told by Gunjiro’s grandniece Brenda Wong Aoki accompanied by Emmy Award winning composer Mark Izu, and koto artist Shoko Hikage, repercussions from Gunjiro’s marriage reverberate into the new millennium. Uncle Gunjiro’s Girlfriend, the U.S. representative to the Adelaide International Festival. “Fascinating and inspirational” – Chicago Weekly Reader. “a great gift to the jazz tradition” – Downbeat Magazine