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 (238)

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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."
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."
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 ...
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 4 (January 14, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-3)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 4 (January 14, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-3)
"Sees Complications in Return of Nisei Stranded in Japan" (p. 1), "Anti-Bias Group Eyes Removal of Race Restrictions" (p. 1), "Aliens Now May Apply for Business" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 25 (March 26, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-192)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 25 (March 26, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-192)
"Public Meeting Will Air FEPC and "What It Means to You' Sunday, March 27" (p. 1), "Nisei Girl, Representing Seattle Y-Teens, "Covers' and Enjoys National Convention of YWCA in Frisco" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 20 (March 9, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-187)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 20 (March 9, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-187)
"Journal Editorial Backs Judd Bill" (p. 1), "Farmers Invited to Claims Talk" (p. 1), "Nisei in Japan May Win Priority" (p. 1), "State House Passes FEPC Bill; Legislation Goes to Langlie" (p. 2).
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Beginner's Bait (ddr-densho-234-27)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Beginner's Bait (ddr-densho-234-27)
Caption on front: "BEGINNER'S BAIT; J. Kubuki up. SHERRY FLIP 2nd. CHESTER ROSE 3rd. Crescent City, Calif. Sept. 19, 1941; 6 1/2 Fur. Time 1:25; Ruth Brown Owner and Trainer."
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Hallucinator (ddr-densho-234-24)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Hallucinator (ddr-densho-234-24)
Caption on front: "HALLUCINATOR; J. Kubuki up. IRISH PAN 2nd. SWEET PASTIME 3rd. Crescent City, Calif. Sept. 21, 1941; 5 Fur. Time 1:01:2; G. Baber Owner E. Cowan Trainer."
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Beginner's Bait (ddr-densho-234-28)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Beginner's Bait (ddr-densho-234-28)
Caption on front: "BEGINNER'S BAIT; J. Kubuki up. BONNIE FRANCES 2nd. BOBBY EFFORT 3rd. Eureka, Calif. Sept. 26, 1941; 1 mi. Time 1:42:2; Ruth Brown Owner and Trainer."
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, My Mint (ddr-densho-234-8)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, My Mint (ddr-densho-234-8)
Caption on front: "MY MINT; J. Kubuki up. PURSE MORTGAGE 2nd. PORTOLA STAR 3rd. Fresno, Calif. Oct. 2, 1941. 5 1/2 Fur. Time 1:08; C.E. Brown Jr. Owner & Trainer."
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Sky Nurse (ddr-densho-234-21)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Sky Nurse (ddr-densho-234-21)
Caption on front: "SKY NURSE; J. Kubuki up. Pleasanton, Calif. July 8, 1941; 5 1/2 Fur. Time; C.E. Brown Jr. Owner and Trainer."
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Sky Nurse (ddr-densho-234-10)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Sky Nurse (ddr-densho-234-10)
Caption on front: "SKY NURSE; J. Kubuki up. TIMBER TARGET 2nd. ROSETA V. 3rd. Eureka, Calif. Sept. 26, 1941; 1 mi. Time 1:42; A.G. Shriver Owner & Trainer."
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Sky Fighter (ddr-densho-234-23)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Sky Fighter (ddr-densho-234-23)
Caption on front: "SKY FIGHTER; J. Kubuki up. SHERRY FLIP 2nd. DIAMOND BAY 3rd. Eureka, Calif. Sept. 25, 1941; 1 mi. Time 1:42:2; C.E. Brown Jr. Owner & Trainer."
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, My Mint (ddr-densho-234-6)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, My Mint (ddr-densho-234-6)
Caption on front: "MY MINT; J. Kubuki up. ROSETA V. 2nd. KRIEGSMANN 3rd. Eureka, Calif. Sept. 25, 1941; 6 Fur. Time 1:14:4; C.E. Brown Jr. Owner & Trainer."
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 37 (April 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-105)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 37 (April 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-105)
"Acheson, Wirin Challenge Validity of Wartime Rider to Calif. Measure Denying Japanese Fishing License" (p. 1), "B.C. Regime to Lift Job Ban but No Franchise Reported Yet" (p. 1), "Gen. Clark and McCloy Endorse Judd's Naturalization Measure" (p. 5), "State Department Opens Way for Boom in Asia" (p. 5).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 23 (March 19, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-190)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 23 (March 19, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-190)
"Franchise for B.C. Japanese Urged in Wismer Amendment" (p. 1), "Cites Hardships Due to Ruling" (p. 1), "Joint Rites Set for March 26 to Salute 7 Nisei War Dead; Services to be in Bukkyo-Kai" (p. 1).
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)
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."
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