In 1927, 58 Japanese dolls were sent to the America as ambassadors of friendship in the wake of the 1924 Immigration Act that shut America's doors to Asian, East Asian, Southern and Eastern Europeans. Blue-eyed American dolls were sent to Japanese schoolgirls and in return, exquisitely-crafted dolls were sent to build friendship between the two nations. Only 47 of 58 dolls' story is known.
This is a fascinating story, beautifully told. It would have been nice to see more diversity representing America but the hardship of children in different classes and areas was realistic and rich in historical detail.
The dolls themselves are spectacular:
|From the University of Nebraska State Museum|
This sweet book with hopefully interest more people in the history of these fascinating dolls. I would love to read a follow up book about the American dolls sent to Japan. Sequel? Finger crossed.