Getting good guidance

Parents were willing to send her to medical school Differences in discrimination Getting good guidance Unable to work when the war broke out Traumatic experiences before camp Joining the hospital unit in Santa Anita Race Track Lost respect for the flag after incarceration No use in having citizenship Never married “Everybody went in like sheep”

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The doctor that my father had – his name was Dr. William J. Norris and he was on the staff at Children’s Hospital and Good Samaritan. And so – he was very kind – and one time I asked him, when I was older, I said,” I’d like to be a doctor.” And so he says,” Oh, if you do I can help you all I can.” Never did he say that, because you’re a woman…

So anyway, so I applied to medical school and at SC they didn’t take any the first year, and the second year they took 2 women so then I went to Chicago. And…I applied to Stritch Loyola and they accepted 4 women - one from San Franciso, and myself and 2 from Illinois.

So then, I kept in touch with this…my father’s doctor and so when I graduated, I said,” I think I’d like to be a surgeon.” And he says,” well - he used to call me Sake – Sake,” he says,” as a woman,” hey says,” surgery will be very difficult because you’d have to depend on men to refer cases to you. And so if I were you, I’d do family practice and see how you like it and if you still want to go into surgery I’ll do everything to help you.”

So I went into general practice and I liked it, cause I tooked care of – as I always say – skin and it’s contents, I took care of the children and mothers and did some surgery and all aspects of medicine at that time.

Date: March 31, 2005
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Gwenn M. Jensen
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

education gender medical school medicine

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