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Japanese War Brides in America: An Oral History Hardcover – November 25, 2009

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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." - Reference & Research Book News

About the Author

Miki Ward Crawford is an associate professor of communications at Ohio University.

Katie Kaori Hayashi is a Japanese journalist and author whose articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Yomiuri Shimbun, and Asahai Shimbun.

Shizuko Suenaga is a coordinator and lecturer of Japanese studies at Seattle University.

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  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (November 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313362017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313362019
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,542,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wouldn't say "I love it." It was very interesting and the reason that this book had special interest for me was that 54 years ago my wife and I joined the ranks of the subjects of this book. It is a very special interest book and probably has very limited sales. As a sociological study of a very small group of immigrants to this country, it is invaluable. Immigrants to this country generally congregate in communities of fellow immigrants, so at least they have the support of fellow immigrants. In most cases, the Japanese War Brides not only were transplanted into a foreign country but into a totally foreign culture too without the support of others similar to them. That they survived and thrived speaks to the inner strength of their personality. On the other hand, for some the culture shock was too much. One Japanese bride my wife and I know found the transition too difficult and although her husband lovingly supported her and stayed with her, she had frequent relapses into bouts of mental illness until the end of her life.

I would suspect that this book will only be of interest to people who have a Japanese War Bride in their family or who have an interest in the sociology of how war brides were treated following WWII. If you are interested in Japan and its culture, it will certainly give some insights to Japanese thinking immediately after WWII.
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An informative book about the lives of Japanese war brides and their happiness and struggle. All 19 Japanese War Brides have an interesting tale that expresses the extreme cultural differences between Japan and America.
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I empathize with the hardships these young Japanese women had to endure and I admire their will and strength to overcome them. Because of the war, they were raised at a time when all young Japanese had to face great difficulties. These young women however, from fanciful notions of love that God plants in everyone, found a unique solution. For many it meant turning their backs on family, customs, and country, but they did so, in the name of love. For each it was a commendable, courageous action. I find no fault with them.

The book by its nature is about the women and principally expresses their experiences. It is unfortunate there is no more from the male side than an occasional nod of approval. Talk about a one-sided story...

My main objection is, I find the book too much a fluff piece which misses much of the reality of the circumstances. It's as if the authors and contributors were constricted by Victorian morality. I tired of reading such statements of courtship as "we fell in love." Where is the passion and sexual excitement? I served in the Occupation, in Tokyo, 1951-1952. As a twenty-year-old, healthy American male, I took a great interest in the Japanese girls. I found one described as the "most beautiful girl in Tokyo." I went bonkers over her and tried all my charm and resources to get her to the futon. Finally, after making a commitment, we "shacked-up" (a word of the common vernacular you'll not find in the subject book). Thus began many months of the most intense and satisfying loving sexual relationship imaginable. But, as it approached time for my return to the States, I could not conceive of getting married, it just wasn't in my thought pattern.
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