Program Five - Segment One: Military Brides

After World War Two, American men wanted to bring their brides back to America with them from Europe and Asia.  The War Brides Act of 1945 made it possible.  But it excluded Asian women who married American servicemen.  Many Japanese women, working to support their families after the devastation of WWII, fell in love with American soldiers stationed there.  During the Korean War and later during the Vietnam War, the same thin g happened, and young men and women endured ridicule, bureaucracy and discrimination to stay together.


Maria Miyagi and Dave Bartruff, Kazuko Umezu and Carl Stout, Wen Kim Denham, and Tsuchino and Michael Forrester.

Produced by Dmae Roberts and Sara Caswell Kolbet with Contributor Miae Kim


Military Brides Slideshow

Further Internet Resources:


Forrester, Michael. Tsuchino, My Japanese War Bride. American Book Publishing, 2005.

Glenn,Evelyn Nakano. Issei, Nisei, War Bride: Three Generations of Japanese American Women in Domestic Service. Temple University Press, 1988.

Hayslip, Le Ly & Jay Wurts. When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace. Plume Books, 1993.

Shukert, Elfrieda Berthiaume & Barbara Smith Schibetta. War Brides of World War II. Presidio Press, 1988.

Yuh, Ji-Yeon. Beyond the Shadow of Camptown: Korean Military Brides in America. New York University Press, 2002.

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