This week, we’re going to to talk about the life of Yamaguchi Yoshiko, the Chinese-born actress turned politician who went from propaganda actress to one of the most moving voices for Sino-Japanese reconciliation (yes, I know I said we’d be doing Tokugawa Ieyasu — don’t worry, he’s up next week).
Listen to the episode here.
The New York Times obituary for Yamaguchi Yoshiko.
A Review of Yamaguchi Yoshiko’s autobiography, Ri Koran wo Ikite (My Life as Li Xianglan) hosted by the Japan Society of the UK. She also wrote a second autobiography, Ri Koran — Watashi no Hansei (Li Xianglan — Half My Life).
The obituary for Yamaguchi Yoshiko in the People’s Daily, the English-language newspaper of the Communist Party of China.
A clip from China Nights, one of the propaganda films in which “Li Xianglan” appeared.
Yamaguchi Yoshiko singing in Japanese (the song is called “Arukimashou,” or “Let’s Walk”) after the war.