7 Approaches to Guard Against Japanese Bride

The working-class Irish Amer-ican enlisted man, Kelly, and his Japanese wife, Katsumi, are so overwhelmed by the army’s attempts to break up their marriage that they commit ritual suicide in despair. Their tragic end provides a contrast to Gruver and Hana-Ogi’s situation, as well as proof of the destructive results of the army’s resistance to Japanese war bride marriages, particularly in the case of less privileged, enlisted personnel. For a full consideration of their function in the film, see Marchetti, 125–75. Sachiko’s entry into the suburbs as an unmarked national…