Leslie J. Pyatt
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Mr. Kim is a resident of Hawaii. He was born there in 1898 of an immigrant father and native American woman. He attended school in Hawaii and San Francisco.
Summary of Interview
Mr. Kim tells of his coming to the U.S. mainland in 1916, his problem with cold weather in Nebraska, and subsequently living in San Francisco. At the time of WW I, he and a friend leave San Francisco for Los Angeles. These two young boys move to Tijuana looking for work. Mr. Kim's friend returns to the USA while Kim has to stay in Mexico as he lacks proof of U.S. Citizenship.
Mr. Kim enlists in the army of Pancho Villa and is assigned to cook for him. Due to jealousy of the Mexican cooks and his desire to go home, he escapes with their aid and returns to the U.S.A.
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Interview with Sidney Kim by Leslie J. Pyatt, 1978, "Interview no. 645," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.