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Yuri Kochiyama Interview 2009 Segment: "What did you do in the War, Mama?: Kochiyama's Crusaders

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This is an excerpt from our 2008 all-day interview with Yuri Kochiyama, renowned human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee for this film-in-progress “What did you do in the War, Mama?: Kochiyama’s Crusaders.” She is reading missives she and others wrote to soldiers during World War II while imprisoned in an "internment camp" (aka "concentration camp") in the U.S. because of their Japanese heritage. As a young woman in love at age 20, Yuri founded “The Crusaders”—a women’s correspondence campaign that included booklets designed by Yuri which could be sent to any soldier who needed a letter. This clip is unedited due to our lack of editing equipment which has held this project back for the past 2 years. Shot by Chong Lee. Interviewer: Marlan Warren. The film grew out of Warren's play, "Bits of Paradise" which featured verbatim letters from The Crusaders Scrapbook in the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles. The film will weave together moments of World War II-Japanese American History, Art, Activism, Love and Passion to honor The Crusaders--girls and women of the Japanese American internment camps who embarked on a war effort to boost the morale of “any soldier in need of a letter” during World War II. More details at website: http://tinyurl.com/YuriFilm The Crusaders included women and girls of all ages who supported the Japanese American fighting men with hopeful missives until V-Day released them all from bondage. Their courageous story is still relevant today. In her last letter on V-Day, Nakahara/Kochiyama wrote: “How will you know a Crusader when you see her after the War? Just look for anyone who is fighting for something bigger than themselves."