About the Writer

Kathryn Graven is a graduate of Stanford University, holding a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in East Asian Studies. She is fluent in Japanese.

Kathryn began her journalism career on the night desk in the Tokyo Bureau of ABC News, and as a Tokyo stringer for The American Banker newspaper. After graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she returned to Tokyo as a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. In the US, she reported for the Journal from New York and Boston.

Subsequently, she was a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Program on US-Japan Relations, and was awarded an Abe Fellowship by the Social Science Research Council. Later, Kathryn taught international business reporting and feature writing at Boston University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

After many years of exploring painting and visual art, Kathryn recently returned to the printed word to write a memoir. Forthcoming, My Four Mothers is her first book

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