Japanese American Lives
"Japanese American Lives" is a limited series that showcases the richness of the Japanese American experience. From a 99-year-old judo master, to questioned loyalties during World War II, to founders of the Asian American jazz movement, and finally, Japanese Americans helping to rebuild Japan after the devastating tsunami, "Japanese American Lives" is an important look at the varied diversity of America.
Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful (#101H) Duration: 58:59 STEREO TVG
Using rare archival footage, intimate interviews and plenty of on-the-mat action, director Yuriko Gamo Romer eloquently brings to life the inspiring story of a remarkable woman and judo master. At a time when women went from childhood home to wife and homemaker, Keiko Fukuda made an unpopular choice and took a different path, saying, "This [Judo] was my marriage...this is when my life destiny was set." This documentary beautifully showcases the life of 99-year-old Sensei Fukuda, presenting her as not only a pioneer for women but as an inspiration to us all.
Stories from Tohuku (#103H) Duration: 57:54 STEREO TVG
Two years after the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, survivors are still struggling to rebuild. The Japanese American community has continued to raise money and organize aid trips to the region. This powerful documentary explores both the endurance and frustration of the survivors and the hope inspired by the visitors. Olympic Gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi is featured.