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Title: Ed Yoshikawa Interview
Narrator: Ed Yoshikawa
Interviewer: Steve Ozone
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date: October 12, 2009
Densho ID: denshovh-yed-01-0003

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SO: What was a typical school day like?

EY: School days... I went to a school called Lincoln School which was only a few blocks away walking distance. And this school consisted I would say, approximately now, 45 percent Chinese, 40 percent Japanese and the other 15 percent Mexican, Indian, blacks. And so that's where I grew up. And in my junior high year I decided I'm going to run for the student body vice president, and sure enough, I got there. And the student body president was also a Nisei and one of my duties was whenever we had the assembly, I had to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. [Laughs] And that was my school, and then after graduating -- oh, one other thing. It may sound like I'm bragging but I was the first guy to receive the Block L letter. That's an achievement of a number of things, sports, intellectual and social activities. And to this day I wear my Block L vest to our reunions.

SO: That was junior high, right?

EY: Yes, that was junior high.

SO: Besides delivering newspapers, what were your chores around the house?

EY: Help at the store whenever I was needed, but I was pretty young so I didn't do much else.

SO: And were most of the customers Japanese?

EY: Yes, and Mexicans, Indians, minority group mostly.

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