Keiko Tamura was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. After graduating in English from Kobe College, she moved to Canberra to carry out her post-graduate studies in anthropology. She was awarded a doctorate from the Australian National University in 2000 with a thesis titled, ‘Border Crossings: Japanese War Brides and Their Selfhood.’ As well as working as a freelance interpreter, she joined the staff of the Australian War Memorial from 1997 to 1998 and held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University from 2000 to 2001. She was a 2002 Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia where she carried out research on westerners in Japan based on the Harold Williams Collection. Currently, she is a senior research officer in the Australia–Japan Research Project at the Australian War Memorial and a visiting fellow at the Australian National University. Her academic interests cover a wide area including Aboriginal Australia, Australia–Japan relations, migration and women’s experiences of war.

Dr Tamura’s book Michi’s Memories: A Story of a Japanese War Bride was published in Canberra by Pandanus Books in 2001.