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Title: Michiko Frances Chikahisa Interview
Narrator: Michiko Frances Chikahisa
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Skokie, Illinois
Date: June 17, 2011
Densho ID: denshovh-cmichiko-01-0022

FC: Well, there were, there was this belief that we were able to take care of ourselves. Those of us who were working with people in the community knew that there were a lot of problems with drugs, drop out from school, families that were broken up. There were also some newer Japanese immigrant families that had come back after the war, and those kids were really in trouble because their parents were too busy, they were like Issei parents, they worked all the time, they didn't know what the kids were doing. The kids were running wild. And so there were enough of us social workers at that point that knew that there's this undercurrent, that the model minority was a myth, that there're all these kids that were really troubled.

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