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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Sakaye Shigekawa in her Office (ddr-csujad-29-20)
img Sakaye Shigekawa in her Office (ddr-csujad-29-20)
Photograph of Sakaya Shigekawa in her office. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2490_P02
Electrical Department warehouse 348 (ddr-csujad-3-1)
img Electrical Department warehouse 348 (ddr-csujad-3-1)
Posed group photo of the Electrical Department in front of a building at Tule Lake with department sign. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tos_01_001_001
Letter from William E. Gotcher, February 3, 1948 (ddr-csujad-12-3)
doc Letter from William E. Gotcher, February 3, 1948 (ddr-csujad-12-3)
In this letter, a former employer of Tsugitada Kanamori writes a letter of reference, describing him as a hard working, trustworthy, and honest employee. Mr. William E. Gotcher confirms that Kanamori was an employee of the Yokohama Area Engineer Equipment Pool for two years and had held several positions. See this object in the California State ...
John Kubota (ddr-csujad-8-31)
doc John Kubota (ddr-csujad-8-31)
Oral history interview with John 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, John
Part IV. Collective adjustments to the relocation center, chapter I: social structure of the community (ddr-csujad-26-5)
doc Part IV. Collective adjustments to the relocation center, chapter I: social structure of the community (ddr-csujad-26-5)
Description of camp social structures including "Caucasian-Japanese relations" highlighting tension and hostility by three groups that most directly involve Japanese Americans and the incarceration: The War Relocation Authority (WRA), the US Army and the American public. Using case - studies, the manuscript examines these relationships and discusses the circumstances of incarceration contributing to differences in social status ...
Construction on Anderson Dam (ddr-densho-258-40)
img Construction on Anderson Dam (ddr-densho-258-40)
Wide shot of a construction site with equipment and vehicles. Caption on left: "First stage of Dam."
Damsite (ddr-densho-258-43)
img Damsite (ddr-densho-258-43)
Overview of damsite. Caption on right: "View of dam site from up river [sic]."
Construction site at night (ddr-densho-258-49)
img Construction site at night (ddr-densho-258-49)
Construction site lit up by industrial lights. Caption on left: "Night view of the Dam."
Anderson Dam (1944) (ddr-densho-258-61)
img Anderson Dam (1944) (ddr-densho-258-61)
Overview of the damsite. Caption below: "The Dam at August 1944."
Tunnel (ddr-densho-258-62)
img Tunnel (ddr-densho-258-62)
View into a tunnel. Caption below: "The Tunnel."
Construction site (ddr-densho-258-48)
img Construction site (ddr-densho-258-48)
Conveyor used in constructing the dam. Caption on right: "The Muck rolling in the Dam."
Building a dam (ddr-densho-258-45)
img Building a dam (ddr-densho-258-45)
Construction site with equipment and river in foreground. Caption on left: "View of outlet of tunnel."
Issei machinists (ddr-densho-12-17)
img Issei machinists (ddr-densho-12-17)
These Issei men worked for Joe Moyer in his machine shop on First Avenue. Left to right: unidentified, unidentified, Mr. Yoshikane, Tajuro Kunitsugu, unidentified, unidentified, and unidentified.
Japanese teachers on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-99)
img Japanese teachers on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-99)
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 second row, third from the left.
Teacher and students on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-126)
img Teacher and students on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-126)
Shidzuyo Yasui (front row, second from left) with female students from the Sumoto School on Awaji Island, Japan.
Teachers at Sumoto School in Japan (ddr-densho-259-77)
img Teachers at Sumoto School in Japan (ddr-densho-259-77)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Mom [Shidzuyo Yasui] - Last Row 2nd from Left. Sumoto, Awaji where she taught 1912." Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Shidzuyo] taught home economics there."
Japanese teachers on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-100)
img Japanese teachers on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-100)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "4 posed group photographs in which [Shidzuyo Yasui] appears they must have been taken at Sumoto School in Awaji."
Japanese women on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-101)
img Japanese women on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-101)
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.
Workers packing school lunches (ddr-densho-63-5)
img Workers packing school lunches (ddr-densho-63-5)
Mitsuko Hashiguchi is in the foreground and Norma Warner is in back. Mitsuko is packing cold packs and Norma is packing hot foods at Bellevue High School. They had to begin cooking and packing at 5 a.m., and the lunches had to go out at 9 a.m. to be delivered to the schools. Mitsuko ...
Bellevue School District worker (ddr-densho-63-4)
img Bellevue School District worker (ddr-densho-63-4)
Borghild Ringdall, the woman who began the school lunch program in Bellevue, gave Mitsuko Hashiguchi a job with the school district. Mitsuko knew her from before World War II.
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