Japanese wives at bride school
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Japanese war brides attended schools to learn American way of life

Tens of thousands of young Japanese women married American GIs in occupied Tokyo after the end of World War Two.

The War Brides Act of 1945 allowed American servicemen who married abroad to bring their wives home, but it took the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 to enable Asians to come to America in large numbers.

Many attended Japanese brides schools at US military bases to learn the American way of life and customs.

They learned how to do things like bake cakes and walk in heels rather than the flat shoes to which they were accustomed.

The full documentary Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight will air on BBC World News this weekend.

  • 14 Aug 2015
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