By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern
Users and visitors alike joined FEW’s monthly fulfilling on June 8th to listen to the tale of Japanese war brides, an account usually overlooked and untold. We welcomed Lucy Craft, a filmmaker and previous limited user in the 80s, to show their concealed tales. Being a child of 1 such war bride, Lucy’s life is connected with Japan. As well as two females with similar backgrounds — Karen Kasmauski and Kathryn Tolbert — Lucy made a decision to result in the documentary “Fall Seven Times, get right up Eight: japan War Brides” to unravel their moms’ stories.
All of it started within the fall of 2011 at a Starbucks in Washington, D.C. Lucy, Karen and Kathryn wished to find out more about the relationships between young Japanese ladies and US males after WWII, and as a result, about their loved ones records. What first began being a basic concept for a novel alternatively changed into a film. Lucy stated the documentary had been like peeling “onion skins. The greater amount of you receive into it, the greater there clearly was to learn.”
Like the majority of families assimilating within the U.S., Lucy’s mom suppressed her past and scarcely shared her Japanese heritage, just using Lucy and her cousin to check out Japan following the 1960 Tokyo Olympics. Conformity had been most significant as moms had been worried that their children is seemed straight down upon simply because these people were blended battle.
The topic of Japanese war brides was considered too sensitive to be touched upon and these women’s stories were not a serious focus in history for many years. Nonetheless, these ladies faced significant challenges in determining to keep their houses and go on to America that went beyond simply the opportunity to escape the poverty of post-war Japan. ادامه مطلب