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Frances Chow Tuck: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Tuck, Frances Chow
Interviewer(s):
Dunham, David
Title:
Frances Chow Tuck: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Frances Chow Tuck was born in Chico, California and grew up in Pittsburgh, California. In this interview, she discusses her family’s immigration from China. She discusses growing up in small town Pittsburgh, where her family ran a Dollar Store throughout World War II. She recalls memories of Pearl Harbor and the Port Chicago Explosion, and its aftermath. She describes her family wearing buttons stating “I’m Chinese American" on their weekly trips across the Bay Bridge into San Francisco for supplies. Mrs. Tuck dissses rationing, movies, and radios were like during wartime. She recalls what it was like hearing about the end of the war and postwar Pittsburg.
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:
Tuck, Frances Chow. "Frances Chow Tuck: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by David Dunham in 2011. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2013.