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 (325)

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Seizaburo Mukai's Jackson Theater (ddr-densho-353-95)
img Seizaburo Mukai's Jackson Theater (ddr-densho-353-95)
Seizaburo Mukai also ran the Atlas, the Circle, and the Rialto theaters.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 12 (March 31, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-12)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 12 (March 31, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-12)
Selected article titles: "Asians Protest Propsed for Employer Knowingly Hiring Illegals" (p.1), "Interviewing Techniques Initial Course for Univ. of Utah Asian Studies Class" (p.1), "Encampment for Citizenship Seeks Asian Applicants" (p.2), "Issei Suicide Pattern Noted in Med Journal" (p.3-4), "Nisei Grower-Shipper Accused in $40 Million Class Action Suit" (p.4)
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 15 (October 9, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-41)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 15 (October 9, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-41)
Selected article titles: "Employment Profile Study" (p.1), "44-Year History of Calif. Real Estate Assn., Prop. 14 Boosters, Recalled-Once Advocated Permanent Removal of Nisei from State" (p.1), "Late Yen Claimants Told U.S. Gov't Not Obligated to Pay" (p.1), "So. Calif. Interviews Enthusiastic over Opportunity to Work on Issei History" (p.1), "Supreme ...
Letter from Ayame Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, January 15, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-120)
doc Letter from Ayame Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, January 15, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-120)
A letter from Ayame Okine in Chicago, Illinois, to her parents-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine in Hawthorne, California. In the letter, Ayame describes her job in Chicago. She assists in making cameras and helps to light tobaccos. Her work starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 4:30 PM, including a 20-minute break two times ...
Letter from Ayame Okine to Mrs. and Mrs. Okine, February 13, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-128)
doc Letter from Ayame Okine to Mrs. and Mrs. Okine, February 13, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-128)
A letter from Ayame Okine to her parents-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Ayame. She writes about her husband, Masao Okine, who is stationed in Tokyo, as well as her job in Chicago. Her job requires the use of a sewing machine and she meets one of her old friends, Sakie Sakaeda, at work. She hears about other ...
Fred Hirasuna (ddr-csujad-8-88)
doc Fred Hirasuna (ddr-csujad-8-88)
Oral history interview with Fred Hirasuna. 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 Hirasuna, Fred
Japanese American News Clippings during the period of August 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-15)
doc Japanese American News Clippings during the period of August 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-15)
This document contains news clippings and articles about Japanese Americans from different tabloids during the period of August 1943. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_01-06_01
Japanese American News clippings, September-October 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-20)
doc Japanese American News clippings, September-October 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-20)
This document contains news clippings and articles about Japanese Americans from various tabloids during the period from September to October 1943. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_01-11_01
Five Japanese in Sebastopol (ddr-csujad-22-1)
doc Five Japanese in Sebastopol (ddr-csujad-22-1)
Essay written in December 1975 for Dr. Hector Lee's American Folklore class. Researcher interviewed five Japanese Americans: Mr. Kiyoshi Akutagawa, born in 1898; Mr. Hiroshi Taniguchi, born in 1898; Mr. Kichizo Morita, born in 1902; Mr. Y. Ito, born in 1905 and Mr. George Okamoto, born in 1919. This object does not include the paper ...
Pouring concrete walls (ddr-densho-258-57)
img Pouring concrete walls (ddr-densho-258-57)
Men working at the damsite. Caption on left: "Pouring the walls."
Excavation pit (ddr-densho-258-41)
img Excavation pit (ddr-densho-258-41)
Excavation site with crane. Caption on right: "The Dixie Pit all the dirt used to build the dam is conveyed from here to the Dam, which is about one mile and quarter."
Excavator crane (ddr-densho-258-39)
img Excavator crane (ddr-densho-258-39)
Wide shot of a construction site (probably Anderson Dam) with a crane and a few vehicles. Caption on left: "The 'Monigan' can pick up 12 yards at a time."
Constructing a road (ddr-densho-258-58)
img Constructing a road (ddr-densho-258-58)
Earth-moving equipment constructing a road. Caption below: "The new road being leaded to Pine [?]."
Construction workers (ddr-densho-258-53)
img Construction workers (ddr-densho-258-53)
Men working on construction site. Caption below: "Air tampers at work."
Construction workers (ddr-densho-258-54)
img Construction workers (ddr-densho-258-54)
Men working on construction site. Caption below: "Rock Drillers at work."
Japanese doctor's clinic (ddr-densho-259-493)
img Japanese doctor's clinic (ddr-densho-259-493)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "This portrait appears to have been a Japanese doctors' clinic in Japan It shows five Japanese women dressed in white uniforms so they must have been nurses in the clinic. Whom I presume to have been the owner-doctor is dressed in a morning coat and striped pants, and is even wearing dove-gray ...
img "Saburo Miyake factory, Nanukaichi" (ddr-densho-259-551)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Saburo Miyake factory, Nanukaichi [Japan]."
img "Japanese girls school beach outing" (ddr-densho-259-79)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Japanese girls school beach outing, Sumoto School, Awaji, Japan." Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Beach at Sumoto Awaji where [Shidzuyo Yasui] taught. [Shidzuyo] 2nd row. 10th from the left."
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