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Title: Makoto Otsu Interview
Narrator: Makoto Otsu
Interviewers: Tom Ikeda (secondary), Barbara Yasui (primary)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: March 24, 2022
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1000-497-12

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TI: Earlier we were talking about when you were in Steveston, you would take the tram to go to high school. So what was the school situation like in Minto Mines?

MO: Minto Mines they didn't... young kids were, they hadn't started any school, elementary school. Young kids were just... I don't think they were going to school down there.

TI: So what did the parents do for education?

MO: Well, they started some school, some teachers there, but it was not organized that well.


TI: Okay, so we're talking about the schools in Minto Mines, and you talked about how, for the younger kids, it sounds like there was a teacher to do some... but for you in high school, how did you get your education when you were at Minto Mines?

MO: I was trying to get my correspondence. I didn't have any teacher, there was no teacher down in Minto.

TI: So literally you would get mail and you would look at the mail...

MO: Yeah, by mail.

TI: And you would have lessons to do and then you would...

MO: Yeah, they'd give you lessons. I didn't do too well, so I decided to move on.

BY: Were there other students your age? Like would you get the correspondence together and all sit down and work on it together and send it back?

MO: We didn't get together, no.

BY: So it was all by yourself?

MO: Yes.

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