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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img "Let's Measure it Right, George" (ddr-jamsj-1-14)
Landscapers working in front of the Sumitomo Bank of California.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 84, No. 22 (June 10, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-22)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 84, No. 22 (June 10, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-22)
Selected article titles: "Americans Charge Reverse Bias Against Japanese Firms in U.S." (p.1, 5), "Earl Warren Memoirs: 'It Was Wrong'" (p.1, 4), "Census Questionnaire Questioned" (p.1-2), "Ideas from Community Sought for Little Tokyo Redevelopment Update" (p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 3 (July 15, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-27)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 3 (July 15, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-27)
Selected article titles: "Capital Columnists Back Evacuee Bill" (p.1), "Defense Dept. Hit for Lack of Affirmative Plan" (p.1), "Citizens Committee Formed to Probe Educational System in San Benito" (p.1-2), "Wave of the Future: Asian American Togetherness" (p.5), "Hiroshima 'Maiden' Credits U.S. Family for Inner Peace" (p.7).
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. 54, No. 2 (January 12, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-2)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 2 (January 12, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-2)
Selected article titles: "Japanese Leaders More Concerned Over Shabby U.S. Treatment of Japan Trade" (p.1), "Seattle City Council Turns Down Proposal to Prohibit Housing Ban" (p.1), "Nisei in Hawaii Losing Political Grip, Says Inouye" (p.1), "After Pearl Harbor" (p.2), "Li'l Tokyo Issei Cited for Goodwill Push" (p.3).
Letter from the Office for Emergency Management, War Manpower Commission (ddr-densho-319-574)
doc Letter from the Office for Emergency Management, War Manpower Commission (ddr-densho-319-574)
Letter and informational materials about the shortage of manpower available to employers during World War II.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 77, No. 22, (November 30, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-47)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 77, No. 22, (November 30, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-47)
Select article titles: "Communication Key to Wider World Trade" (p.1); "Elder Nisei Must Help Sansei Search for Identity as Japanese Americans" (p.1); "U.S. Employers May Refuse to Hire Aliens" (p.1); "U.S. Judge Orders Racial Quotas in Hiring Firemen" (p.1); "Nisei Identity Dilemma" (p.2); "Nisei-Invested Aquatic Vehicle Firm Raises $1,000,000 Capital" (p.3); "District Elects Atty. Kojima Governor, ...
Star Laundry wagon (ddr-densho-353-72)
img Star Laundry wagon (ddr-densho-353-72)
Star Laundry was located at 1229 Jackson Street. A note on the back indicates the driver as Mr. Shimono.
Rainier Heat and Power building and the Golden Shoe store (ddr-densho-353-106)
img Rainier Heat and Power building and the Golden Shoe store (ddr-densho-353-106)
The Japanese Chamber of Commerce occupied rooms upstairs along with other professional offices.
Momoyo Jane Kubota (ddr-csujad-8-32)
doc Momoyo Jane Kubota (ddr-csujad-8-32)
Oral history interview with Momoyo Jane Kubota. 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 Kubota, Momoyo Jane
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