Facing Prejudice as a Japanese American Teenager in Chicago after the War

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In Chicago, there was a lot of – still a lot of prejudice. I remember being asked to a senior prom by a Caucasian boy, but then he had to un-invite me at the last minute because they were having a party at their home, and his mother wouldn’t have me in the home, being Japanese. You know, it’s funny, I don’t – I remember accepting it, “That’s okay, that’s okay,” because I was used to a lot of prejudice in a way. And I remember just walking down the street sometimes, someone would just push me over, and so I think – you know, I was glad that he asked me, but I also accepted when he had to un-ask me.

Date: November 8, 2018
Location: California, US
Interviewer: June Berk
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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