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Brave Mrs. Sato: A Reading with Author Lori Matsukawa 

July 27 @ 10:30 am 11:30 am

Join Author Lori Matsukawa for a reading of her new book Brave Mrs. Sato, based on the author’s own grandmother, who was a picture bride. Book signing to follow – books will be available for purchase at the event. 

Brave Mrs. Sato reading with Lori Matsukawa
Saturday, July 27, 10:30-11:30am
Japanese American Museum of Oregon
411 NW Flanders St, Portland
Entrance on NW 4th Ave
Free with admission / Free for Friends of JAMO

Registration requested but not required.

About the Book

In a little Hawaiian house with a mango tree, Cathy and her babysitter Mrs. Sato spend their afternoons arranging flowers, cooking, and having adventures. When Cathy has to move away, Mrs. Sato comforts her by sharing her own story of immigrating from Japan to Hawaii. Lori Matsukawa’s debut children’s book Brave Mrs. Sato tells a heartwarming story of intergenerational friendship, immigration, and bravery. She shows readers how heritage, food, traditions, and stories can help them feel at home wherever they are. 

About the Author

Ms. Matsukawa is an Emmy-award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 40 years in the industry. She retired after 36 years as an anchor and reporter at KING TV in Seattle. She previously worked at KOMO TV in Seattle at KPTV in Portland, and at KRCR in Redding, California.

Ms. Matsukawa won two Northwest Regional Emmy Awards, one in 2017 for her series “Prisoners in Their Own Land” about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and another in 2018 for “Shane Sato: Portraits of Courage” about a photographer’s mission to photograph Nisei veterans who served as part of America’s “Greatest Generation.” In 2022, Ms. Matsukawa was presented with an Imperial award from the Government of Japan: “Rising Sun: Gold and Silver Rays” recognizing her efforts to build strong relations between the people of Japan and the United States.  She is an alumna of the Japanese American Leadership Delegation, a program of the US-Japan Council. She is a co-founder of the Seattle Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington.

Ms. Matsukawa graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Communication from Stanford University and received an MA in Communication from the University of Washington. Ms. Matsukawa served as Miss Teenage America 1974, which allowed her to travel outside her native Hawaii. She and her husband reside in Western Washington and have a grown son. Her first children’s book, “Brave Mrs. Sato” based on her real-life babysitter and grandmother who was a picture bride, was published in November 2023.  

Free with admission.
411 NW Flanders Street (Entrance on NW 4th Ave)
Portland, OR 97209
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