Densho Digital Archive
Japanese American Museum of San Jose Collection
Title: James Sakamoto Interview
Narrator: James Sakamoto
Interviewer: Ann Muto
Location: San Jose, California
Date: October 18, 2004
Densho ID: denshovh-sjames-01-0013

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AM: And then you made a decision about going to school in 1950, was it?

JS: Yeah, in 1950, I got the GI Bill, and you know that I went to school. Barbering was about the... well, you could get into a business, it had less schooling, so I went to barber school.

AM: And you told me it was like nine months of schooling?

JS: Nine months of barbering, and then supposed to be a year-and-a-half of apprenticeship, but it takes more than a year-and-a-half, really.

AM: Did you seriously consider any other kind of work?

JS: Not then, no. No, that was about it.

AM: Some of your siblings went to college. I think your oldest brother, and then some brothers younger than you. Why was it possible for them to go, but you and the brothers closest in age to you didn't go?

JS: Well, we had, the oldest brother was in the army, so he went, while he was in the army, he went to college, too, I guess. Then the youngest brothers, why, they were, they were young, so they had the chance to go after we got back. Yeah.

AM: And how did you feel about not being able to go to college at that time?

JS: Well, couldn't help it then. I mean, I didn't like school anyway. [Laughs]

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