What I’m Reading: Farewell to Manzanar – 33 in a series – “…and a Japanese face to thwart my social goals.”

“This sort of treatment did not discourage me. I was used to it. I expected it, a condition of life. What demoralized me was watching Radine’s success. We had shared everything, including all the values I’d learned from the world I wanted into, not only standards of achievement but ideas about how a girl should look and dress and talk and act, and ideas of male beauty—which was why so many of the boys I liked were Caucasian. Because I so feared never being asked, I often simply made myself unavailable for certain kinds of dates. If one of them had asked me, of course, I would have been mortified. That would mean coming to Cabrillo Homes to pick me up, and the very thought of one of his daughters dating a Caucasian would have started Papa raving. He would have chased the fellow across the grass. This was my dilemma. Easy enough as it was to adopt white American values, I still had a Japanese father to frighten my boyfriends and a Japanese face to thwart my social goals.”

From Farwell to Manzanar by by Jeanne Wakatsuki Housto and James D. Houston

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