Densho Digital Archive
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community Collection
Title: Fumiko Hayashida Interview
Narrator: Fumiko Hayashida
Interviewer: Debra Grindeland
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Date: February 25, 2006
Densho ID: denshovh-hfumiko-02-0010

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DG: Do you remember, after the war, ever experiencing any racism or prejudice, you or your husband?

FH: Racism what?

DG: Prejudice, where you were discriminated against or bad feelings? How was it after the war for you?

FH: No, I don't remember being discriminated. They were all friendly. I've never had experienced... I still have my girlfriends that went to high school with, five of us. Three died already, but five of us are, we used to have mini reunions. The five of us who didn't go to dance, or didn't have no dates, we were the... and I still hear from them. And every time, one girl living in California, so every time she comes to visit the family in Rolling Bay, we have little family, I mean, class reunion and go out for lunch.

DG: So were these non-Japanese friends as well as Japanese?

FH: Yeah, there's Asako, she was the only Japanese girl that was in my class. There were boys. And then one girl lives in Vashon. So we used to still, I still correspond with, with two of them, three of them. The other two died.

DG: Were they living on Bainbridge Island at the beginning of the war?

FH: When they were, during the war, yeah, and after, too. We graduated high school together.

DG: So what was, how did they feel about you leaving?

FH: Well, I don't know, I never asked them. We're just still high school buddies. I didn't, I didn't go to college. And let's see, one is a schoolteacher, and other... they didn't go to college either.

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