What Did You Do in the War, Mama? Kochiyama's Crusaders
This film honors The Crusaders. Led by budding activist, Yuri Kochiyama, women incarcerated in WWII Japanese American internment camps launched a letter-writing campaign to boost the morale of Japanese American soldiers.
Octogenarian Japanese American women recount their participation in the World War II women's correspondence campaign known as "The Crusaders" that was launched behind the barbed wire of the World War II American "internment camps." Led by budding human rights activist and future Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Yuri Kochiyama (née "Mary Nakahara"), these young women embarked on a war effort to boost the morale of Japanese American soldiers with cheerful, often humorous letters. Scenes from a play about The Crusaders ("Bits of Paradise" by Marlan Warren) are interwoven with the actual women recalling their memories.Written by
Crusader Ruth (Hirose) Ishizaki had a Crusaders Scrapbook at the bottom of her closet for 50 years until she saw Marlan Warren's play based on the scrapbooks' contents. Then she donated it to the Japanese American Museum of San Jose. See more »