Meet the Author
Born in Torrance, California, and raised in Honolulu, Souen earned her bachelor’s degree in Japanese language and literature at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 1995. In 1998, she received the Okinawa Prefectural Government Scholarship to attend the University of the Ryukyus, where she studied Okinawan language and women’s studies. She is also a member of Ryukyu Koten Afuso Ryu Choichi Kai USA/Hawai‘i, an Okinawan classical music academy.
She is currently the editor of The Hawai‘i Herald, Hawai‘i’s Japanese American Journal.