Never married

Parents were willing to send her to medical school Differences in discrimination Getting good guidance Unable to work when the war broke out Traumatic experiences before camp Joining the hospital unit in Santa Anita Race Track Lost respect for the flag after incarceration No use in having citizenship Never married “Everybody went in like sheep”

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Never thought of marrying, I was too busy to think about it. Really, I was busy night and day. If I were married I couldn’t have done what I did in medicine. And I didn’t meet anyone that I thought enough to give medicine up. I really never…if I come home at two in the morning – no one said anything. If I didn’t come home at all, it was all right too. I didn’t have to do any cooking except for myself and so no, I couldn’t live married where I had to do certain things, you know. In fact my practice was such that I couldn’t afford to. I had to give up part of my practice if I were to get married, so I mean I just couldn’t…I didn’t like that idea, cause I preferred my practice to anyone I’ve ever met, you know.

Date: March 31, 2005
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Gwenn M. Jensen
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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