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Title: Edith Watanabe Interview
Narrator: Edith Watanabe
Interviewer: Stacy Sakamoto
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: November 4, 1996
Densho ID: denshovh-wedith-01-0028

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SS: Are you retired now? Do you still work?

EW: I work here. [Laughs] No, we're retired. My husband was semi-retired a few years before I did. And he kept after me, "When are you going to retire? When are you going to retire?" I thought, "Well, as long as I enjoy what I'm doing, I'm going to keep working. But then finally I said, "Okay -- I'll retire." And so, I haven't regretted it.

SS: It sounds as if you inherited that hard work ethic from your parents.

EW: I think so, yeah I did. And, yeah... but we have a wonderful family. Our children are great.

SS: Your parents must have been very proud of you, for being so strong and to raise a family by yourself while he was overseas?

EW: Well they helped, they helped me. So, you don't do things alone. I'm not that, I'm not as independent as I might, you might think I am, because I do rely on support. And I get it.

SS: Sounds as if family is very important in your life, I mean, that's a big priority.

EW: Yes.

SS: Do you think it was your experience, because of the war, because of camp that you sort of value family ties and support?

EW: Maybe, maybe so. When you ask me that I have to think, but I think that you are probably right there.

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