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Title: Fumiko Uyeda Groves Interview
Narrator: Fumiko Uyeda Groves
Interviewer: Larry Hashima
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: June 16, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-gfumiko-01-0036

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LH: And what were the expectations that were placed on you as a Nisei woman, teenager, in terms of your education, what you would be doing with your life?

FG: In the home? I mean, from parents?

LH: From your parents as well as from your teachers, but from your parents first.

FG: Interestingly enough, I don't know. My parents, I don't know, just get a good education, right? That was as far as in junior high school. When we were in junior high school one of the things that I remember very clearly was that the teachers had had Nisei before the war, and so we were compared to them, and we were supposed to keep up the standards that they had. They were good students so we had to follow in their footsteps. And I think, and then through high school the same thing. We often encountered this where, "I had before the war, I had so many Japanese students who were very good, very quiet, very conscientious," period. Which meant that's the way I expect you to be, right? And so we had a lot of like people who had gone before us. We had a lot of examples to live up to. That's what we were faced with when we were in junior high school and high school.

LH: Was it really difficult to have that expectation placed on you or was it...

FG: I don't think so 'cause I think, by and large, I think we tried very hard to live up to it and it paid off. And then when I got into high school, I think the general consensus of all of us were that we were going to go on to college. As far as I was concerned my mother and father were very much, I mean, they really supported... my father especially supported that, and I don't know... then so when we were going through high school, we took the college preparatory courses rather than home ec. or something. We would take the chemistry, the physics, the algebra, geometry and that sort of thing. Not everybody, but then I would say I think most of us if we were girls. The boys didn't. The Nisei boys that I went to school with, they didn't for one of the reasons were they being drafted to the Korean war and, or else they were afraid they would be so they went to work or whatever. There were a few that went to the U at the same time we went. That's another thing, we go from one school to another. First we were in Bailey Gatzert then we go to, then we were in Washington Junior High then we go to Garfield or Franklin and then we go to the University of Washington. It just follows and you don't question why you're doing what you're doing. But I think, I think a lot of us went on to college. I'm trying to think of our class. I think probably at least half of us went on to the University of Washington.

LH: And you graduated from Garfield High School in 1951?

FG: Fifty-two.

LH: Fifty-two. So and then from there you went to University of Washington.

FG: Uh-huh.

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