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Title: Betty Morita Shibayama Interview
Narrator: Betty Morita Shibayama
Interviewer: Alice Ito
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: October 27, 2003
Densho ID: denshovh-sbetty-01-0023

BS: And our teacher was Caucasian. And I felt she was, she didn't like being there. I just had this feeling. It's because she would, you know, you'd have the current events. I think kids had weekly readers and then as you got older you had the current events paper, weekly, kind of a weekly paper telling you about the news. And so of course they're gonna be talking about the war. And so she, I know she'd have her back to us and she'd be looking at the map on the wall and I guess, talking about the war and then she'd say something like, "And the Japs..." you know, like ready to say "Japs" and then she'd turn around and she sees they're all Japanese and then she'd add the word "-anese." You knew she was going to say "Japs," but she would add "-anese." And so, I just felt that she really didn't want to be there, but she was there.

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