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
Playwright/Filmmaker Marlan Warren had a difficult time finding out how to directly contact Yuri Kochiyama. Two days before "Bits of Paradise" opened at The Marsh in San Francisco, someone told her to "just go to the San Pedro Hotel in Oakland." Warren took actor Jean Franco with her, and he ended up performing a monologue from the show for a very surprised Yuri in her room. See more »