Starting work at five years old

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As soon as I could work, I was put to work. I*: How old were you then? Five or six?
I: Five or six? Yeah. I: Wow! Yes, because anyone who was able to pick up a hoe and weed the grass and so forth, we were required to work. Everyone worked seven days a week except Sundays some days we rested. During coffee season, it was seven days a week of hard labor. *"I" indicates an interviewer (Akemi Kikumura Yano).

Date: May 29, 2006
Location: Hawai`i, US
Interviewer: Akemi Kikumura Yano
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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