Wakako Yamauchi (October 24, 1924 – August 16, 2018) was a Japanese American writer.
- There are only a few stories that I've ever wanted to tell…I wanted to record our lives so they wouldn't be lost. I didn't realize what a responsibility that was. I only wanted to put down a few footprints of our sojourn here, at this time, in this place.
- On what her writing focus was (as quoted in “Wakako Yamauchi, celebrated Japanese American playwright, dies at 93” in SF Gate (2018 Sep 12)
- As a woman, I was very much influenced by the Japanese culture. My saving grace is that my mother was an extremely strong woman, a person in her own right; she took no guff from anybody, including white people, and I think that helps…
- On how her mother influenced her in “Hisaye Yamamoto and Wakako Yamauchi: Interview by King-Kok Cheung” in Words Matter (2000 Jan 3)
- I write as a person, as a woman, as an Asian American, and, if I fulfill my political obligations in being honest, then great…
- On not feeling pressured to be political in “Hisaye Yamamoto and Wakako Yamauchi: Interview by King-Kok Cheung” in Words Matter (2000 Jan 3)
- I am an American writer. I’m not a white American, but I’m writing American stories.
- On her role as a writer (as quoted in “Memory in Silence: Wakako Yamauchi’s And the Soul Shall Dance and The Music Lessons" in 東京家政大学研究紀要 1 人文社会科学; 2001)