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Title: Fumiko Hayashida Interview
Narrator: Fumiko Hayashida
Interviewers: Lori Hoshino (primary), Alice Ito (secondary)
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Date: March 16, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-hfumiko-01-0002

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LH: I was wondering if you could tell me a little bit about your family, and Alice is handing me a picture right here.

FH: Oh, those are my sisters.

LH: Are you in this photo?

FH: Yeah, I'm the youngest.

LH: Okay.

FH: And, this is my sister. My, this is Arima, Fujio, and that's me.

LH: Is Fujio the second daughter?

FH: Huh?

LH: Is she the second daughter?

FH: She's the second daughter. The oldest was sent to Japan when she was only a month old, I hear. She was raised by her aunt in Japan. And so, she thinks she had two mothers. 'Course, one mother lived in Japan, and second mother who she didn't know, 'cause... poor lady. But younger ones, we stayed with them. So all the old pictures, she is not in, 'cause my older sister's not in.

LH: And eventually, did you, were you able to reunite with her? Your oldest sister?

FH: She didn't come back 'til, I don't know, she must've been fifteen or, sometime way later. Three sisters came, and I was left behind 'cause they had a quota those days, how many you could bring back. Or come in, or something. And I came later with my uncle.

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