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Eloise Fong: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Fong, Eloise
Interviewer(s):
Li, Robin
Title:
Eloise Fong: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Eloise Fong describes her early childhood in San Francisco, her return to China at age six, her experience of the Japanese invasion of China, and her return via ship to the US in 1938, to Bakersfield, CA. She recalls working on her father’s farm as a child and her father selling produce to Chinese families. She recalls wrapping oranges at an unheated warehouse during the winter. She then describes being hired as a sheet metal trimmer at Lockheed at age 17 and receiving Valentine notes from men overseas as a result of writing her name under the B-17 wings she was helping produce. She describes singing to raise money to send to China and buying war bonds. She discusses moving to San Francisco’s Chinatown after the war and working in a shop, then encountering discrimination in moving to Oakland and then San Mateo to raise her family.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2011
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
Fong, Eloise. "Eloise Fong: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Robin Li in 2011. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2013.