A true story “Brides in America”

This series traces back the life stories of women in a wide range of generations from a Japanese woman who became a wife of an American officer after WWII to a Japanese lady who got together with a GI in the 1980s. They all married American soldiers and moved to the U.S.

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東京の八王子で生まれ育った順子さんは、「幼稚園の頃から、泣き声も大きくて、先生からも『意見をはっきり言う子だね』」と言われていました」と振り返る。将来は漠然とアニメの声優か、警察犬の訓練士になりたいと夢見ていた。早く社会に出たい! と思っていた順子さんは高校を中退、東京都下の横田基地で働き始めた。「私の父が若い頃に米軍基地で車両部の運転手を務めていただけでなく、母方の祖父も基地内でシビルエンジニアとして定年まで働いていたんです。父はその後、転職しましたが、私が幼い頃には横田基地のフェスティバルに連れて行ってくれていました」。


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Moved to the U.S. in 1956 and currently resides in Ontario, California: Fumiko Lopez - Part 2

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Returning Home to Japan—and Her Father’s Rice Balls—for the First Time

In 1956, Fumiko Lopez and her husband, Luis, arrived in San Francisco. They got on a Greyhound bus heading to Southern California and started living in a renovated garage at Luis’ sister’s house in the city of Los Angeles.

“We didn’t have a house, a car, or money. We had nothing. We started our life with just one suitcase. Our garage room had no kitchen or bathroom. My husband was working in the dining hall of the army, purchasing food for hundreds of military people.” …

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Moved to the U.S. in 1956 and currently resides in Ontario, California: Fumiko Lopez - Part 1

“He’s an honest person” was my first impression

Thirty years ago I read a book titled Brides in America. I was greatly inspired by the lives of Japanese women who married American officers after the war and went across the ocean. I wanted to hear their stories in their own voices. There wasn’t much time left. I sent emails to some people to see if they knew anyone, and soon one of them told me about a woman named Fumiko Lopez. When I talked to Fumiko for the first time, her upbeat way of talking gave me a strong …

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