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.

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Fred, Roy, Yone, Harry, George, Kangi, & Chet (ddr-jamsj-1-25)
img Fred, Roy, Yone, Harry, George, Kangi, & Chet (ddr-jamsj-1-25)
Landscapers working in front of the Sumitomo Bank of California.
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Movie Actor (ddr-densho-234-25)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Movie Actor (ddr-densho-234-25)
Caption on front: "MOVIE ACTOR; J. Kubuki up. BROWN LUCK 2nd. GEORGE BLANKET 3rd. Eureka, Calif. Sept. 24, 1941; 6 Fur. Time 1:15:1; Adams & Cole Owners H. Adams Tr."
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Polvos Pride (ddr-densho-234-2)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Polvos Pride (ddr-densho-234-2)
Caption on front: "POLVOS PRIDE; J. Kubuki up. STEPHEN H. 2nd. PINE BUR 3rd. Eureka, Calif. Sept. 25, 1941; 5 1/2 Fur. Time 1:08; C.E. Brown Jr. Owner & Trainer."
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Kriegsmann (ddr-densho-234-30)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Kriegsmann (ddr-densho-234-30)
Caption on front: "KRIEGSMANN; J. Kubuki up. DRUM MUSIC 2nd. OSADO 3rd. Fresno, Calif. Oct. 1, 1941; 5 1/2 Fur. Time 1:07:2; J.J. Millerick Owner T. Gorsky Tr."
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 11 (September 12,1969) (ddr-pc-41-37)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 11 (September 12,1969) (ddr-pc-41-37)
Select article titles: "Nisei local dope kings arrested in weekend raid" (p. 1); "EDC-MDC Convention hailed for 'igniting individual involvement" (p. 1); "Tosh Suyematsu sworn as assistant U.S. attorney for Wyoming District" (p. 2); "Issei Occupations" (p. 4); "Racial discrimination blamed for gaps in U.S. Oriental genealogical records" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 107, No. 12 (October 21, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-37)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 107, No. 12 (October 21, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-37)
Selected article titles: "3 Historically Significant Letters" (pp. 1, 5), "EEOC Report Finds Asian Americans Underrepresented in Top Federal Jobs" (pp. 1-2), and "Inouye, Matsunaga Announce Start of U.S.-Japan Exchange Program" (p. 2).
Power of attorney (ddr-densho-308-7)
doc Power of attorney (ddr-densho-308-7)
International Oyster Co., Ltd grants Kanamatsu Kanazawa power of attorney in connection to its dealings with Padilla Oyster Beds and Padilla Point Oyster Company. Kanazawa helped to start the oyster business in the Pacific Northwest when he learned that the cooler waters accelerated the growth of oysters. Oysters grown in the Pacific Northwest could reach commercial ...
Telephone operators before starting work (ddr-densho-299-193)
img Telephone operators before starting work (ddr-densho-299-193)
Caption: "Telephone operators bowing respectfully to their supervisor before beginning work."
Japanese men and women working in front of a shack (ddr-densho-299-50)
img Japanese men and women working in front of a shack (ddr-densho-299-50)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-1947. 25 March 49 / NRS Project: / Home industry -- Typical home industry / carried on in front of wooden shack / in metropolitan Tokyo. Wooden chips / used as fuel. / Photographer - Orzio / Photograph by U.S. Army"
Japanese glassworker cools down a cocktail glass with a fan (ddr-densho-299-67)
img Japanese glassworker cools down a cocktail glass with a fan (ddr-densho-299-67)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-2057. 23 April 49 / Manufacturing glassware in Japan / After twisting, a Japanese worker at / the Hoya Glass Factory, Tokyo, Japan, / fans the stem of a cocktail glass to / cool it to prevent it from losing its / shape. / Photographer - Girard / Photograph by U.S. Army."
Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-151)
img Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-151)
Sumito Horiuchi participates in a work ceremony.
Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-149)
img Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-149)
Sumito Horiuchi participating in a work ceremony.
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 41 (June 13, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-29)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 41 (June 13, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-29)
"House Unit Hears Masaoka's Plea for National FEPC Legislation" (p. 1), "H.R. 3771 Asks U.S. Citizenship for Alien Parents of GI's, Vets" (p. 1), "Equal Rights for Nisei in Trade Sought" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 1 (January 1, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-168)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 1 (January 1, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-168)
"Saints Win Second Straight Cage Crown" (p. 1), "Beauty of Yakima Valley Charms Wapato Returnees" (p. 3), "Evacuees Like Three Key Cities of Northwest" (p. 3)
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 77 (September 15, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-139)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 77 (September 15, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-139)
"Public Law 863 Helps Aliens to Change Residence Status" (p. 1), "Nisei Firm Wins Coal Contracts" (p. 1), "Cpl. Kokubu of Oregon to be Buried at Arlington Cemetery Thursday" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 43 (June 20, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-31)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 43 (June 20, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-31)
"156 Families Told to Quit Yesler Low-Rent Project" (p. 1), "U.S. Commerce Department Accepts Applications from Businessmen for Permits to Visit Japan" (p. 1), "Masaoka Hits Bias Problem from "Front" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 40 (May 18, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-207)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 40 (May 18, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-207)
"Voice of Small Minorities, Including That of Nisei, Pleads for FEPC Measure" (p. 1), "Dr. John Thomas, Nisei Friend, Will be Principal Speaker at Baptist Reunion Affair" (p. 1).
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