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Japanese War Bride II

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Sound | c. 1954

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  •  The following is a rough translation of the bride's speech: "Kyoko Rangyou. Hello everybody in Japan. It has been two years since I came here. In the middle of September we moved here from Ft. Worth (?), Oklahoma to here. Currently we are living in a new house. This is a good chance to send my best regards to my mother and my sister and the people in Kyoto, Japan. Adios! Until a while ago my son was waiting for my husband to come home. His dad came home and now my son is having his noon nap." 
  •  A U.S. serviceman returns home, greeting his young son and wife 
  •  The wife talks in Japanese about her new life in the United States 
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Between the years of 1947 and 1964, over 46,000 "war brides" immigrated to the United States from Japan after marriage to U.S. servicemen. The G.I. Fiancees Act passed by Congress in 1946 allowed servicemen to bring their Japanese wives home and provided an important exception to the overall ban on Japanese immigration imposed by the Johnson-Reed Act from 1924 until 1952. This film serves as a fascinating artifact from this period. Shot by the U.S. Army, the footage features a Japanese wife speaking directly to the camera about her experiences in her new country. Shot at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, the film clearly was intended to be sent back to Japan.