My Parents’ Marriage Was Illegal in 17 States When I Was Born

In 1963 a dark-skinned half Japanese and half Filipino man married a white Irish-American woman. She looked remarkably like Shirley Jones, his favorite actress. The fact that he was Catholic made the marriage just palatable enough to her side of the family.

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Maria Shimizu Christensen

Maria Shimizu Christensen

Writer. Maker. Featured in Medium’s 2021 list of Stories That Started Conversations. I write about life. https://www.mariashimizuchristensen.com