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Okinawa's GI BridesTheir Lives in America$
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Etsuko Takushi Crissey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824856489

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824856489.001.0001

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The Survey

The Survey

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(p.91) Chapter Five The Survey
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Okinawa's GI Brides
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Etsuko Takushi Crissey

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824856489.003.0006

The survey and interviews were conducted from 1995 to 1997, with follow-up interviews in 2010 and 2011. Respondents, who ranged in age from twenties to eighties, were asked about their circumstances before marriage, when they had come with their husbands to the U.S., what their lives had been like in America, what had given them the most trouble, what they enjoyed, and how they viewed their lives today. Items in the questionnaire survey included age and birthplace, number of years in the U.S, adjustments to American life, marital history, education, employment, children, and future plans. More than half listed struggles with English as their biggest problem, with cultural differences second. Younger women had higher levels of education. Most women had worked, more older women as manual labourers in factories, and more younger women as office workers and Japanese language teachers. The most common job for all was waitressing in Japanese restaurants. Contrary to what is widely believed, the rate of their divorces was not especially high compared to divorce rates in Japan, while the rate of re-marriages was much higher. The majority said they intended to remain in the U.S., but some younger women considered returning to Okinawa.

Keywords:   Interviews, Questionnaire survey, Divorce rates, Remarriage, Struggles with English, Cultural differences, Education, Employment

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