Finding My Father (9:41)

Kyoko Katayama

Kyoko’s birth father was an American GI, one of the first to land in Japan for the Occupation after the end of World War II. He met a young woman named Taka at a train station, and soon got her pregnant. Then he left. Taka raised Kyoko, her bi-racial child, for 17 years in Japan, a difficult situation for both of them. When a retired American military officer asked Taka to marry him, she viewed it as a chance to get her daughter out of Japan. Kyoko was taken from high school and landed in Minnesota. Unhappy in many respects, she clung to her secret mission, finding her birth father.