New Book Tells of One Man’s Commitment to Japanese Wife

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Hugh Burleson pens powerful life story, from his campaign against biased immigration laws to his diplomatic career seeking understanding with East Asian nations

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Author Hugh Burleson II lived a unique and fascinating life, starting with his arrival in early postwar Japan and, soon thereafter, his campaign to win the love of a feisty samurai lady. He then had to overcome legal barriers to marrying her and getting her to the U.S. Such experiences steeled him to overcome challenges and take on an exciting international career, mainly in East Asia and share his experiences in the new book, The Making of a Pacific Citizen (published by AuthorHouse).

This memoir describes how his experiences in postwar Japan and his lively Japanese fiancée transformed a young American into a crusader for cross-cultural understanding and inspired him struggle against race bias in American society and its laws. After completing college, he sets out on a career in public diplomacy, focused on improving U.S.-Asian relations, while his Japanese wife – very different from common stereotypes – ably contributes her social skills to that goal.

Burleson explains, "Even today, interracial marriage may be controversial, and many Americans do not understand how public diplomacy advances America's interests abroad."

The Making of a Pacific Citizen highlights how, in colorful Asian contexts, this unique couple applied their skills and dedication to that end.

About the Author
Hugh Burleson II grew up in Southern California during the Great Depression and started college at U.C. Berkeley as World War II was peaking. Drafted into the Army and trained as an infantryman for the invasion of Japan, he instead was sent, shortly after the war's end, to serve in the Allied Occupation of Japan. There he met a feisty samurai lady and began "the battle of Yokohama" – his campaign to win her love. He prevails, but then faces a tough, long struggle against biased U.S. immigration laws and military regulations against marrying a Japanese.

After three years, he again prevails and takes his wife to America. Back at Berkeley, they become ever more tightly bonded. Burleson completes his B.A. and M.A. degrees and begins a career as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Information Agency – in Washington D.C. and in Asia, where their assignments in Japan, Vietnam, India and Korea use their talents to help advance trans-Pacific understanding and amity. After 37 years of federal service, Hugh and Kimie retire, to continue their dedicated work in nonprofit groups in Washington state.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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