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 (327)

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Don
img Don "Moon" Kikuchi 1955-1956 (ddr-jamsj-1-215)
Don "Moon" Kikuchi was the Garden City Gardeners' Club President from 1955 to 1956.
Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Mary Murakami (February 11, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-43)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Mary Murakami (February 11, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-43)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Mary Murakami (February 11, 1945). Envelope is postmarked February 11, 1945 from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 20 (November 11, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-44)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 20 (November 11, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-44)
Selected article titles: "Affirmative Action Compliance Means Changing Racial Stereotypes on Jobs" (p.1-2), "Nisei Among 'Most Powerful L.A. Women'" (p.2), "Pilgrimages and Reparations" (p.4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 84, No. 7 (February 25, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-7)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 84, No. 7 (February 25, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-7)
Selected article titles: "Nisei As Group Will 'Disappear' by 2000, Kitano Speculates" (p.1-2), "Schichinosuke Asano, Pioneer Newspaperman Came to America to 'Help People'" (p.1, 3), "Pacific Basin Trade 'Most Promising'" (p.3), "Asian American Advocacy" (p.5, 7).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 84, No. 14 (April 15, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-14)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 84, No. 14 (April 15, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-14)
Selected article titles: "JACL Mourns Death of Saburo Kido, 74" (p.1), "Gov't Hearing Being Sought to Probe Anti-Asian Bias in Jobs" (p.1, 12), "Evacuees Defend Choice of Words for Tule Lake Plaque" (p.1), "Midwest Nisei Retirement Session Held" (p.9), "Asian American Men Pace White Collar Force on Federal Payroll with Top Median Income" (p.12).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 9 (August 26, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-33)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 9 (August 26, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-33)
Selected article titles: "HUD Exempts Seattle Housing for Asian Elderly" (p.1), "Another 'Profile in Courage' Filed" (p.1-2), "Postwar Japanese American Marriages Still a Problem" (p.1), "Uwajimaya Schedules $1.5 Million Expansion" (p.3), "1977 JACL-Hayashi Law Awards Made" (p.4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 77, No. 04, (July 27, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-29)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 77, No. 04, (July 27, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-29)
Select article titles: "Gov. Reagan Signs JACL Bill" (p.1); "JACLer H. Hibino Elected Mayor of Salinas, Calif." (p.1); "Elks Abandon 'Whites Only' Member Policy" (p.1); "Nisei-Owned Firm Breaks Ground for $3 Million Frozen Shrimp Facility" (p.3); "Seattle JACL Funds Drug Abuse Study" (p.4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 77, No. 15, (October 12, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-40)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 77, No. 15, (October 12, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-40)
Select article titles: "Trace History of...Repeal of Lily-White Clause" (p.1); "Sen. Inouye to Address Kickoff Fete for JACL Bldg. Fund Drive" (p.1); "Legal Assistance Offered by MALDEF in Employment Discrimination Actions" (p.2); "Separate PSWDC Chapter Insurance Board Formed" (p.3); "Estimate 700,000 Nikkei in Brazil, Percentage in Agriculture Dwindles" (p.4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 76, No. 19, (May 18, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-19)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 76, No. 19, (May 18, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-19)
Select article titles: "'Ambidextrous Irishman' Dr. Shig Hashimoto" (p.1); "Asian Caucus Vow Continued Support of Aims Symbolized by Wounded Knee" (p.1); "Japan as a Sansei Sees It" (p.2); "Social Work Professor Prepares Paper on 'Koreans in U.S.' for Hew Seminar" (p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 77, No. 09, (August 31, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-34)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 77, No. 09, (August 31, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-34)
Select article titles: "Watergate Notwithstanding: Nixon Asks Nation to Look Ahead" (p.1); "Teacher Insults CL Guest Speaker" (p.1); "Gerontoloty Medically Speaking: (p.3); "Record JACL Membership Assured for 1973: 26,000 as of June 30" (p.4); "Youths in Japan Rate Worthwhile Work as No. 1" (p.5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 3 (January 19, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-3)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 3 (January 19, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-3)
Selected article titles: "'Issei Story' Push to Start Jan. 25 for Chicagoans" (p.1), "Discrimination Declared Blight on U.S. Moral Fiber at Snake River Fete" (p.1), "Southwest L.A. Cler Becomes 1st Nisei Woman Principal" (p.1), "Genetic Hazards of Fallout" (p.2), "Nisei Must Be Willing to Defend American Image" (p.4).
Set of correspondence regarding sale of Godefroy Manufacturing Co. (ddr-densho-319-234)
doc Set of correspondence regarding sale of Godefroy Manufacturing Co. (ddr-densho-319-234)
A series of letters sent regarding the sale of black hair dye to the incarcerated Japanese American community.
Men working on a railroad (ddr-densho-353-43)
img Men working on a railroad (ddr-densho-353-43)
Captioned: "Snoqualmie Falls crew laying railroad tracks."
Jiro Kaneko's Pacific Printing Company (ddr-densho-353-87)
img Jiro Kaneko's Pacific Printing Company (ddr-densho-353-87)
The Pacific Printing Company was located at 611 Main Street.
Group of men with a car (ddr-densho-353-81)
img Group of men with a car (ddr-densho-353-81)
Captioned: "On Main Street in front of the Mitsuwado." The Mitsuwado was a large bookstore. A note on the back reads: "set at 200, 8 sec."
Numoto family farm (ddr-densho-353-60)
img Numoto family farm (ddr-densho-353-60)
Captioned: "The Numoto family working on their thriving strawberry farm. The water tower is reminiscent of the days before a city water system existed."
Mr. and Mrs. Kiyoto Saiki (ddr-csujad-8-94)
doc Mr. and Mrs. Kiyoto Saiki (ddr-csujad-8-94)
Oral history interview with Kiyoto and Fumiko Saiki. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Saiki, Mr and Mrs Kiyoto
Bessie Ezaki (ddr-csujad-8-11)
doc Bessie Ezaki (ddr-csujad-8-11)
Oral history interview with Aiko Bessie Ezaki. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Ezaki, Bessie
Letter from Daniel F. Goggin, May 1, 1948 (ddr-csujad-12-2)
doc Letter from Daniel F. Goggin, May 1, 1948 (ddr-csujad-12-2)
This letter confirms that Tsugitada Kanamori worked for Daniel Goggin in an Ordnance Shop as the superintendent at the Yokohama Area Engineer Equipment Pool. Mr. Goggin explains that Kanamori is "invaluable" and he would absolutely recommend Mr. Kanamori for any position. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tsu_01_01_002
Letters from Ayame Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, June 8, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-147)
doc Letters from Ayame Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, June 8, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-147)
Contains two letters from Ayame Okine in Chicago, Illinois to her parents-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. She writes two separate letters to the Okines and encloses into one envelope. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_68_001-003
img "Eddie Owada, Matsu" (ddr-densho-201-311)
Two Japanese American men in the snow, one in a chef's uniform. Caption on front: "Eddie Owada + me." Caption below photograph: "Eddie Owada, Matsu."
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