Japanese War Brides in America: An Oral History

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Overview

Following the end of World War II, 500,000 American troops occupied every prefecture of Japan and interracial marriages occurred. The sudden influx of 50,000 Japanese war brides during 1946-1965 created social tension in the United States, while opening up one of the country's largest cross-cultural integrations. This book reveals the stories of 19 Japanese war brides whose assimilation into American culture forever influenced future generations, depicting love, strength, and perseverance in the face of incredible odds. The Japanese war brides hold a unique place in American history and have been called ambassadors to the United States. For the first time in English these women share their triumphs, sorrows, successes, and identity in a time when their own future was tainted by social segregation.

This oral history focuses mainly on women's lives in the period following World War II and the occupation of Japan. It illuminates the cultural expectations, the situations brought about by the war, and effects of the occupation, and also include quotes from various war brides regarding this time. Chapter interviews are set up in chronological fashion and laid out in the following format: introduction of the war bride, how she met her husband, her initial travels to America, and life thereafter. Where needed, explanations, translations, and background history with references are provided.

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"Crawford (communication studies, Ohio U.) et al. compile the stories of 19 Japanese war brides who came to America after World War II from 1946 to 1965. The stories, which are drawn from personal interviews, describe their lives following the war, the occupation of Japan and its effects, their cultural expectations, how they met their husbands, the dynamics of their relationships, and their initial travels to America."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313362019
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2009
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 1,296,499
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue Katie Kaori Hayashi Hayashi, Katie Kaori

Introduction History That Affected the Lives of Japanese Women Miki Ward Crawford Crawford, Miki Ward

Pt. I Author Biography: Miki Ward Crawford, Ph.D. 1

Ch. 1 My Mother's Story: It Took an Act of Congress - Fumiko Ward 5

Ch. 2 Doris the Volunteer - Hisa Feragen 17

Ch. 3 How Lucky We Are - Miwako Cleve 29

Ch. 4 From Hardships to RN - Katsu Hall 41

Ch. 5 From Nagasaki to North Carolina - Nobuko Howard 53

Ch. 6 A Hiroshima Survivor's Love Story - Ayako Stevens 65

Pt. II Author Biography: Katie Kaori Hayashi, M.A. 75

Ch. 7 No Regrets in My Life - Toyoko Pier 81

Ch. 8 Life's Reward - Harumi Wilkins 95

Ch. 9 Samurai Granddaughter - Setsuko Amburn 109

Ch. 10 My Love Story - Yuki Martley 121

Ch. 11 Gift from Heaven - Nora Cubillos 131

Ch. 12 Fight Prejudice - Kazuko Umezu Stout 139

Pt. III Author Biography: Shizuko Suenega, Ph.D. 149

Ch. 13 Loving Deeply and Deeply Loved - Kinko Iimura Kirkwood 157

Ch. 14 An Energetic and Forward-Thinking Life - Mary Shizuka Bottomley 171

Ch. 15 Learning from All of Life's Experiences - Setsuko Nishikiori Copeland 183

Ch. 16 Only Daughter Who Crossed the Pacific Ocean - Tamiko Platnick 195

Ch. 17 Woman of Positive Thinking - Sadako Marie Sine 207

Ch. 18 A Late Mover - Mitsu K. Connery 219

Ch. 19 An Unexpected Life That Led into a Long and Fruitful Path - Kimiko K. Dardis 233

Conclusion Japanese Women and the Allied Forces Katie Kaori Hayashi Hayashi, Katie Kaori 245

Index 253

About the Authors 269

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