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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-01-0030

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LH: You told me that, while you were at camp that your high school teacher paid you a visit.

FH: Oh yes, Miss Biggs.

LH: Miss Biggs.

FH: Uh-huh.

LH: So she came all the way out by herself?

FH: All by herself. Uh-huh.

LH: And where did she stay?

FH: She stayed in the same barrack, same room with us.

LH: That was allowed by the administration? If visitors could come there, then you could stay...

FH: I think so, uh-huh.

LH: I see.

FH: That's what she wanted. She could've gone out to -- I guess she, I don't know if she came on a car, or how she traveled. But she came to see my baby, Leonard, brought the baby gift. And see the rest of the school kids. She only taught, I think geometry, just for the beginners so, I don't know if she knew too many upperclassmen, but sophomore class. I think she was, sophomore we took geometry under her. It was about geometry, she was a math teacher. Very strict teacher, too.

LH: Do you know why she came out to see you?

FH: Uh-huh.

LH: Was it because of, was she making a social call because you'd had a baby?

FH: Oh yeah, we used to write to each other. And before we came she, oh, after we went back, she had invited us to dinner. She was nice. And there were other girls that... [Inaudible] She was nice teacher. She never got married and... so, can't do anything for her. She had to eat mess meal too, because no party or anything, she went to the same mess hall, just like Reverend Andrews did that too, when he came to visit.

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