Skip to main content

Keiko Itoh
Click to enlarge

Keiko Itoh

After receiving her MA from Yale University, she worked for the United Nations in New York. She came to England in 1991 and worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the World Bank London Office as a media and public relations officer. She returned to university in 1995, and received a PhD in history from the London School of Economics. Her dissertation was published as a book entitled The Japanese Community in Pre-war Britain: From Integration to Disintegration (Curzon Press, 2001), a social history of the small Japanese community in London in the 1920s and 30s, to which her grandfather and mother belonged. My Shanghai is her first novel, and is a fictional account of her mother’s experience. She is married to an Englishman and has two grown daughters.