Born Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi in Hokkaidō, Japan, the daughter of a Japanese-Filipino silent film actor and a circus performer of Cheyenne Indian and Scots-Irish heritage, she moved with her parents to the U.S. before World War II, during which her family was interned at Manzanar. After the war, the Yamaguchis moved to Chicago, where Tura experienced constant racist and sexist harassment due to her Asian features and precociously voluptuous body. An excellent student, while walking home from school one day, she was raped by a gang of five men — who escaped prosecution due to bribery of the local judge. Tura subsequently studied aikido and karate — the marital arts moves she shows in Faster Pussycat! are real — and over the next decade and a half, tracked down each of her attackers and brutally punished them, having vowed to get her revenge.
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