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Becoming an American wife

  • COURTESY BLUE CHALK

    Filmmakers Karen Kasmauski, left, Lucy Craft and Kathryn Tolbert are daughters of “war brides” and have brought the stories of their mothers and others in similar situations to the big screen.

  • COURTESY BLUE CHALK

    Kathryn Tolbert’s mother, Hiroko Tolbert, holds a cat at their chicken farm in 1953. Tolbert is an editor at the Washington Post.

During the post-World War II occupation of Japan, at least 30,000 young Japanese women married U.S. soldiers and experienced culture shock upon moving to the U.S., said Kathryn Tolbert, co-director of a new film about these so-called war brides that will be shown Friday at Hawaii Pacific University. Read more

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