Industry and employment

At the turn of the century, Japanese immigrants (Issei) came to the United States to work on the rapidly expanding plantations of Hawaii and the farms, lumber mills, railroads and canneries of the Pacific Coast. They quickly realized this type of work was not going to bring them wealth, and many began looking for more promising opportunities. Farming, fishing and small businesses were often seen as the answer.

Industry and employment (225)

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Portrait of Japanese American nurse (ddr-densho-242-15)
img Portrait of Japanese American nurse (ddr-densho-242-15)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "Sachi Komuro - probably 1939. Graduated from St. Luke's Hospital, San Francisco, CA. She was our aunt and step sister to Nobue. Went on as a career nurse in Honolulu, HI."
Tomato Festival in Niland, California (ddr-densho-242-2)
img Tomato Festival in Niland, California (ddr-densho-242-2)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji:: "Kumezo Hatchimonji probably 1954, Niland, California, Tomato Festival, shown with local youngster. Kumezo was owner of Valley Seed Co. in Niland."
Damsite (ddr-densho-258-42)
img Damsite (ddr-densho-258-42)
Overview of damsite, through trees. Caption on left: "Overlooking the Dam site."
Construction site (ddr-densho-258-50)
img Construction site (ddr-densho-258-50)
Construction site with earth movers and conveyors. Caption below: "Process of building the Dam."
Construction workers (ddr-densho-258-56)
img Construction workers (ddr-densho-258-56)
Men working at the damsite. Caption on right: "Tamping along the walls."
Japanese women on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-98)
img Japanese women on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-98)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "4 posed group photographs in which [Shidzuyo Yasui] appears they must have been taken at Sumoto School in Awaji." Shidzuyo Yasui is pictured in the center.
Girls by the Japanese seaside (ddr-densho-259-123)
img Girls by the Japanese seaside (ddr-densho-259-123)
Shidzuyo Yasui (standing at the top of the photograph) with a group of young women, probably her students, at the seaside on Awaji Island, Japan.
Textile factory workers in Japan (ddr-densho-259-295)
img Textile factory workers in Japan (ddr-densho-259-295)
Saburo Miyake's textile factory. Caption by Homer Yasui: "A textile or weaving factory, with the relatives and workers inside the shop. I've always understood that Saburo's and [Shidzuyo Yasui]'s father, Ichiro, ran a fishnet making factory. On the machine just before it reaches the completed roll of fabric, the material does look ...
Japanese glassblower making a cocktail glass (ddr-densho-299-66)
img Japanese glassblower making a cocktail glass (ddr-densho-299-66)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-2860. 23 April 49 / Manufacturing glassware in Japan: / A youthful employee at the Hoya Glass / Factory, Tokyo, Japan, uses a blowing / tube during the first stage of making / a cocktail glass. / Photographer - Girard / Photograph by U.S. Army."
Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-152)
img Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-152)
Sumito Horiuchi accepts a watch during a work ceremony.
Pacific Citizen, Supplement to 1974 Holiday Issue (December 20-27, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-51)
doc Pacific Citizen, Supplement to 1974 Holiday Issue (December 20-27, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-51)
Supplement to 1974 holiday issue. Selected article titles: "Issei as Technical Advisers to Japan" (pp. 1, 10), "'42 Hysteria Led to Concentration Camps" (pp. 1, 3), "U.S.-Canada Nikkei Alliance Urged" (pp. 1, 11), and "National Constitution Japanese American Citizens League" (pp. 8-9).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 51, No.3 (July 15, 1960) (ddr-pc-32-29)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 51, No.3 (July 15, 1960) (ddr-pc-32-29)
Select article titles: "JACL endorses strong civil rights plank" (p.1); "Rep Inouye has busy schedule following attendance at Nat'l Democratic convention" (p.3); "Hawaiian Nisei in anthropological study of Eskimos, finds them very gadget-minded" (p.7)
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 75, No. 7 (August 18, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-32)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 75, No. 7 (August 18, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-32)
Selected article titles: "Clinic for Hibakusha in L.A." (p.1-2), "L.A. Chinatown Youth Council Charges Police Harrassment, Use of Epithets" (p.1), "Oakland to Survey Issei Housing" (p.2), "Welfare Rights Fund Drive Tops Goal; Nearly 1,000 Contributed" (p.6).
Martin, Hajime, Jack, George, &
img Martin, Hajime, Jack, George, & "Tell'em George" (ddr-jamsj-1-15)
Landscapers working in front of the Sumitomo Bank of California.
Don
img Don "Moon" Kikuchi 1955-1956 (ddr-jamsj-1-214)
Don "Moon" Kikuchi was the Garden City Gardeners' Club President from 1955 to 1956.
Postcard to Mollie Wilson from Sandie Saito (January 3, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-19)
doc Postcard to Mollie Wilson from Sandie Saito (January 3, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-19)
Postcard to Mollie Wilson from Sandie Saito (January 3, 1944 [possibly meant 1945]). It is postmarked January 6, 1945 from Chicago, Illinois.
Tsugio, Massey, & George (ddr-jamsj-1-28)
img Tsugio, Massey, & George (ddr-jamsj-1-28)
Landscapers working in front of the Sumitomo Bank of California.
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