Densho Digital Archive
Frank Abe Collection
Title: Gloria Kubota Interview
Narrator: Gloria Kubota
Interviewer: Frank Abe (primary); Frank Chin (secondary)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: August 28, 1993
Densho ID: denshovh-kgloria-01-0001

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FC: Before the war, Guntaro and you were pregnant. What were you going to name the baby and why?

GK: Oh, I wasn't pregnant before... well, Gracie was already born. Then after the war started, it was in camp that we got, we had Gordon. But when the war started and Mr. Gordon Hirabayashi defied the law and he stayed at the college library or something, and his Caucasian friends said, "Listen, you better go home now because it's curfew time," he says, "What makes you think I'm any different from you?" He says, "I have citizenship and stuff," so he stayed there, so he got picked up. And then at that time my husband read about it and heard about it, and he says, "Gee, isn't he a spunky kid?" He said, "If we ever have a son, we're gonna name him Gordon." [Laughs] And we just laughed about it because we didn't know when that day would come. Well, when we were evacuated in Heart Mountain, we had our son, so naturally we named him Gordon and we gave him a Japanese samurai name. [Laughs] And it's so funny, we hardly use it. That's how we named him Gordon, after Gordon Hirabayashi.

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