Ayako Ishigaki

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Ayako Ishigaki
Eitaro and Ayako Ishigaki 1927.jpg
Ayako and Eitaro Ishigaki in 1927
Native name 石垣 綾子
Born 1903
Died 1996
Spouse(s) Eitaro Ishigaki (married 1931–1958)

Ayako Ishigaki (石垣 綾子 Ishigaki Ayako?, 1903 – 1996) was an issei journalist. Ayako was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1903. During the 1920s, she became active in politics.[1]

She moved to the United States in 1926, where she became friends with writers Pearl S. Buck, Helen Kuo, and Agnes Smedley and artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi. She married painter Eitaro Ishigaki in 1931.[2]

She joined the Office of War Information following the outbreak of World War II.[3]


  • Restless Wave: My Life in Two Worlds, a Memoir, published under the pen name Haru Matsui, 1940.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Asian-American Literature By Seiwoong Oh 128-129
  2. ^ "Ayako Ishigaki : Voices From the Gaps : University of Minnesota". Voices.cla.umn.edu. 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of Asian-American Literature By Seiwoong Oh Page 128-129

Further Reading[edit]

  • The Cultural Front: The Labouring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century By Michael Denning