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Title: Pearl Yoshikawa Interview
Narrator: Pearl Yoshikawa
Interviewer: Carolyn Nayematsu
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date: October 12, 2009
Densho ID: denshovh-ypearl-01-0009

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CN: So then you met Ed who was in the 442nd?

PY: Yes.

CN: Okay, so he was going to, was he coming back or going out?

PY: Going out. So we corresponded while he was overseas. Our courtship was through mail, letters, more or less. Most of it.

CN: He must have been gone for how many years?

PY: A year...

CN: A year or so.

PY: A little over a year maybe.

CN: And with the 442nd he was in Italy?

PY: Uh-huh, mostly Italy that he...

CN: So that when he came back did you have to get permission to get married, or did the families meet?

PY: No, he was going to school in Michigan.

CN: Michigan.

PY: Michigan? But anyway, he used to come and visit me on all the holidays and eventually I finished my school and so I went home to here, to Minneapolis, and then he would come visit me there and then got to know my parents to and so then eventually...

CN: Ed is from what state originally?

PY: California, Sacramento.

CN: And he went to which camp, his family?

PY: Tule Lake. And then eventually they went to Topaz, when Tule Lake was split for the concentrated "no-no" people.

CN: And so after meeting Ed, how many years did he go back before you got married, a couple years?

PY: Would it be a couple of years, yes, I think so.

CN: And you started your family here in Minnesota?

PY: Yes, we finally, we got married, and he finished his last year in college at Augsburg College here.

CN: Here? Okay.

PY: We married and so he finished it here.

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