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

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SS: Looking back on all your experiences, having been all around the world and seeing so many different things, is it important to you that your children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren understand what you went through?

HW: I think it's important. But also important to understand what Grandma went through, too, in the meantime, you know. And I think they do. I know that our grandkids have, as they reach high school, somehow or other they make a report on what happened during the time of the segre-, the evacuation and so forth. And all have gotten good grades since high school on those particular programs that they're in.

SS: So you've been the subject of many term papers, then.

HW: I think so, yeah.

SS: Do you ever miss those days of growing up on a quiet, peaceful farm?

HW: Well, the way I miss it is this: I'll put it in a nutshell. I was talkin' with several others of my friends here lately, and that is, if we have a 1930s Depression again, there would be very few people that could survive. Whereas, those of those days could survive. Because they knew how to live off the land. People now, of a younger age, would not know how to manage that. It's a real fear in my heart. That if the day comes, we're gonna have a big catastrophe because of it. We had a catastrophe in the '30s, but people knew how to survive, somehow.

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