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 often overlooked and untold. We welcomed Lucy Craft, a filmmaker and FEW that is former member the 80s, to show their concealed tales. As being a child of 1 such war bride, Lucy’s life is connected with Japan. Along with two ladies with similar backgrounds — Karen Kasmauski and Kathryn Tolbert — Lucy made a decision to result in the documentary “Fall Seven Times, get right up Eight: The Japanese War Brides” to unravel their moms’ stories.
All of it started within the autumn of 2011 at a Starbucks in Washington, D.C. Lucy, Karen and Kathryn desired to find out about the relationships between young Japanese females and US guys after WWII, and as a result, about their loved ones records. Just just just What first began being idea for a guide alternatively changed into a film. Lucy stated the documentary ended up being like peeling “onion skins. The greater amount of you can get into it, the greater there is certainly to understand.”
Similar to families assimilating into the U.S., Lucy’s mom suppressed her past and scarcely shared her heritage that is japanese using Lucy along with her sis to consult with Japan following the 1960 Tokyo Olympics. Conformity had been most crucial as moms had been worried that kids is appeared straight down upon simply because these people were blended battle.
For several years, the main topics Japanese war brides ended up being considered too responsive to be moved upon and these women’s tales are not a critical focus ever sold. Continue reading “June Recap that is meeting Private Journey: Japan’s War Brides”