The Lives of Japanese War Brides in America: Part 2
After WWII, more than 40,000 Japanese "war brides" married American soldiers and moved to the U.S., risking everything on a future with their former enemies. In the second part, we explore the adversity they faced in the U.S., adapting to survive in an entirely foreign nation while shielding their children from prejudice.
Having lost her parents in the war, Keiko Johnson ignored her brothers' objections and married an African-American soldier, Albert, but divorced 10 years later. She raised 3 children alone, earning her degree while working.
Fujie Yamasaki married a Seattle-born 2nd-generation Japanese-American man, Kazuo. His family was sent to internment camps, and it wasn't until long after the war ended that they found out the family hotel had been impounded.
Velina Hasu Houston, a playwright and daughter of war bride Setsuko, interviewed dozens of her mother's acquaintances to write the play "Tea." 32 years later, Tea continues to be performed and recognized for its depiction of the conflicts faced by immigrants.
Setsuko's grandson Kiyoshi, as well as Kiyoshi's fiancee, 2nd-generation Vietnamese-American Andrea, both study to become doctors. Carrying on the ideals of his mother and grandmother, Kiyoshi wishes to be a doctor so that he can provide equal treatment to all.