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Title: Masao Watanabe Interview
Narrator: Masao Watanabe
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: June 19, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-wmasao-01-0009

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TI: Well, after Central, what school did you go to?

MW: Broadway.

TI: And how was it going from Central to Broadway? Were there any major differences?

MW: I don't think so, because... I think the percentages of Orientals and Caucasians were (about the same). Maybe there were a few more Caucasians, but all the grammar schools that fit into Broadway High School all had some minority groups. So I know Broadway, we had a lot of Orientals, not too many blacks. (...) The percentages didn't vary that much.

TI: While you were growing up, growing up being through elementary school or Central and then Broadway, can you remember your parents and some of the values that they stressed to you while growing up?

MW: Yeah, well, I think the standard principles that they used to teach us was the old standbys like be honest and study hard. And I'm careful about the language I use, but, you know, it was pretty standard, I think. It was very Japanesey.

TI: What does that mean when you say pretty "Japanesey"?

MW: Study hard, be honest, this type of thing.

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