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.
This film focuses on a women's "war effort" (The Crusaders) behind the barbed wire of the Japanese American Internment led by 20-year old budding human rights activist and future Nobel Prize Nominee, Yuri Kochiyama. Now octogenarians, Yuri and three other former "Crusaders" recount their participation in the World War II women's correspondence campaign known as "The Crusaders." Their goal was to boost the morale of Japanese American soldiers with cheerful, often humorous letters. Scenes from the plays written about The Crusaders by Marlan Warren ("Bits of Paradise" and "Bits of Paradise: Kochiyama's Crusaders) are interwoven with the actual women recalling their memories. -- By Marlan Warren, Writer/Producer/Director of "What did you do in the War, Mama?: Kochiyama's Crusaders"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 »