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Japanese American Lives

Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful (#101)

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. [59 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

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Series Description: "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.

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