A racist encounter at a movie theater following the bombing of Pearl Harbor

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I remember going to a movie theater, one of your better ones in Spokane, several of them. Fox and State Theater, Orpheum, they sold war bonds during intermission at the movie theater. And when the American flag came on, I don't know, I was eating popcorn or something, I never clapped. But the lady next to me—the light was on—she poked me and I knew what she meant, I had to clap. But I was eating popcorn, so... I didn't say any excuses or anything, but she gave me a dirty look and hit me.

Date: March 15 & 16, 2006
Location: Washington, US
Interviewer: Megan Asaka
Contributed by: Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project.

racism World War II

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