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Time Out Shanghai

Keiko Itoh spoke at the Shanghai International Literary Festival, March 2017. Read her interview with Helen Roxburgh here.

Historical Novel Society

‘... the next best thing to a first hand account of life in occupied Shanghai and the final days of the fabled International Concession’. Review Edward James, February 2016. Read the review here.

Swarthmore College Bulletin, Summer 2016

Swarthmore gave Keiko Itoh '74 an education in more ways than one. Read the story here.

Japan Times

A privileged perspective on WWII in ‘My Shanghai, 1942-1946: A Novel’, a review by Matt Treyvaud, The Japan Times, Sunday, 28 February 2016.

Radio Gorgeous

Keiko Itoh’s mother – the inspiration for her debut novel – came out as a debutante in the last London season and then moved to Shanghai as a young wife and mother. Keiko was fascinated by the privileged yet still perilous life for well-to-do, Christian Japanese families in Japanese occupied Shanghai. Length: 24:33. Listen here or below.

Heavenali Blog Review

This novel [‘My Shanghai, 1942-1946’] – which does read more like a biography – is a fascinating portrait of an element of World War Two that is seldom told, writes Ali (@Heaven_ali) in her review:

'Callmemadam' Blog Post

‘Keiko Itoh has written this book as fiction, based on the experiences of her own mother and aunt. Yet it reads like history and I learned an awful lot from it about what it must have been like to live through those times, in that place... Such a n interesting book, so atmospherically describing a city in turmoil and its unfortunate inhabitants, caught up in interesting times’, writes Barbara Dryden in her review of My Shanghai, 1942-1946’. For full review, go to


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