Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight

Very interesting documentary.  This was somehow brought up to my attention through the Timeline on Facebook and I decided to watch it in sleepless night.

It’s just amazing how those young women at that time made such huge decisions, but then they told in the film that possible choices on the other side would look limited too, in nothing after the war.  And American soldiers were nice to them.  It must have been culturally so shocking to them as the images they had for men particularly throughout the wartime were completely different from what they saw in the once-an-enemy soldiers.

Of course, these three women featured in the film were all relatively successful after all ups and downs.  There must be many many untold failures behind the history that would probably never be spotlighted any more.  Even for these three mothers, there were many stories never shared with anyone and filming is not the best way to memorize all of those side stories.  That said, I think the filmmakers did a fantastic job with this closeup that would have been otherwise unspoken forever in the assimilated present days.

My personal story has a little bit of it; it is not through marriage obviously or not at a scale of my whole life, but through my professional life in the US corporates which now accounts for nearly half of my 40 years life in total.  I guess many of my friends on the similar path could feel the same way.  When I got my first job after college at a US company, the future was bright.  I was like a ‘War Bride’, speaking other language and having no clue of what’s the life over there.  Now 17 years past, it becomes a part of my life.  My story is much in a smaller scale compared to those amazing stories told by the veteran and tough moms.  But I can be very sympathetic.  Even though I’m still at mid career, I would feel like this is where I live for the rest of my professional life, now unconsciously assimilated or at minimum hugely influenced to where I seem to belong.

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