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Dorothy Cordova: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Cordova, Dorothy
Interviewer(s):
Li, Robin
Title:
Dorothy Cordova: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
orothy Cordova was born in Seattle, Washington on February 6, 1932, and was the first member of her family to be born in the United States. Her father, Valeriano Laigo, immigrated to the United States from the Philippines in 1919 at the age of eighteen. Her mother came to the United States in 1928. In her oral history Cordova recalls many topics, ranging from the murder of her father at the age of four, to attending Catholic missionary school with primarily Japanese. In addition, Cordova also speaks about her experiences growing up as a Filipino-American during the Great Depression, the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor and the Philippines, and the vivid memories of her Japanese friends from missionary school leaving to the internment camps during World War II. She also gives wonderful insight into American schools in the Philippines, the growth of Seattle during the war, and the assimilation of Filipinos into American culture after the war in the Pacific. The interview was conducted by Robin Li.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2012
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
Cordova, Dorothy. "Dorothy Cordova: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Robin Li in 2012. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2012.