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My Life – Living, Loving, and Fighting
by Sumii Sue interviewed by Masuda Reiko, intro-duced by Livia Monnet, University of Montreal

Sumii Sue (1902–97), author and human rights leader, was best known for her novel about childhood in a burakumin village, The River with No Bridge (Hashi no nai kawa). This book, My Life: Living, Loving, and Fighting, is an interview with Sumii Sue conducted by her daughter, Masuda Reiko, a reporter and editorialist for the Mainichi Shimbun and a well-known writer. Masuda speaks to her mother with warmth and humor, and she succeeds in eliciting details of daily life and personal relationships that give us a wonderful picture of this courageous woman and her fighting temperament, her pride in her achievements, and her self-effacement. My Life is also a fascinating document of social history, describing the conditions of life in twentieth-century Japan as Sumii experienced it: the poverty of sharecroppers, the political movements of the 1920s, the Great Kanto€ Earthquake, and life on the home front during World War II. The interview was conducted in 1994, when Sumii was ninety-two years old and starting to work on volume eight of The River with No Bridge.

Published by Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan
Michigan Papers in Japanese Studies No. 26
Published 2001, 133 pp.
ISBN 1 929280 09 2, paperback, £21.99