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"I was a good Methodist at the time, and I thought I could do worse than go to [Nebraska] Wesleyan which had a quota of 20 [Japanese-American] students. So, I started in January of '43 in time for the second semester, and it was the most momentus decision of my life. That's where I met Justyn, and I've lived in Lincoln now for 60 continuous years…
   "I think there was just such a high acceptance of us. We had so many friends in the students. Let's see, we had both women and men. We had women Japanese students here, too. Oh gosh, I tell you, we were accepted…
   "And I never forget one incident in which a sorority girl [American] invited me to a dance. And that really shook me up. The main thing that shook me up was that I possibly should not go. So, I asked the public relations man – that wasn't his title but he was responsible for seeing we got along all right, that the Japanese students made it all right – and I went in to see him, and told him. And what he said was, 'Of course, go!' So I did go. I did go. Really, that was the only incident that had any racial overtones to it."
   Question: "And that actually came from you. In a sense, that feeling came from you."
   "Yes, yes. Right. And I don't know how the other guys felt about it that were at the dance. I have no idea. I wasn't going to ask them [laughs]"
   Question: "So you were there from '43. And then when did you graduate?"
   "’46. [Singing] 'Rah-rah-rix / Wesleyan chicks / We hatch out in ’46.' [Laughs.] We stole that from the class of ’26 or ’36, I'm not sure which."

Kaz Tada – College Days

   

Other Excerpts from Kaz Tada’s Interview:

Pearl Harbor
Internment of Japanese-Americans
A Nation’s Apology
College Basketball