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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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Varied Experiences of International Marriage

Varied Experiences of International Marriage

(p.60) Chapter Four Varied Experiences of International Marriage
Okinawa's GI Brides

Etsuko Takushi Crissey

University of Hawai'i Press

Interviewees included women with successful marriages whose husbands had died, one from the effects of Agent Orange after deployment in Vietnam and another from leukemia. Flashbacks from his deployment in Vietnam also led to alcoholism that eventually incapacitated another woman’s husband. The couple also had a successful marriage and four children who she worked to support after her husband was unable to hold a job. After two children were born, another woman’s husband turned verbally abusive and expelled her from their home. Emotionally devastated, she subsequently struggled to support herself. Another woman married a marine despite her family’s reservations and moved to the U.S. The marriage was going smoothly, but after the birth of their third child, her husband impregnated another woman and, over his objections, she obtained a divorce. Another interviewee whose marriage seemed to be going well divorced her husband after he ran off with a mutual friend. A woman returning with her fiancé to the U.S. discovered that he was already married. Though they eventually married after he obtained a divorce, her husband soon abandoned her after which she struggled to raise her two children and obtain legal residency in the U.S.

Keywords:   Vietnam, Flashbacks, Agent Orange, Alcoholism, Spousal abuse, Divorce, Legal residency

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