Agriculture

Many Issei (first-generation Japanese immigrants) began as sharecroppers. Others sought to buy land, but the Issei had to overcome obstacles preventing them from competing with white farmers. California and other states passed alien land laws prohibiting Asian immigrants from purchasing or leasing agricultural land. There were ways around the discriminatory laws: an Issei father could put the property in the name of his American-born child, or issei could form corporations in which a majority of the shareholders were American citizens. Despite the alien land laws, Issei farmers played a significant role in West Coast agriculture. In the years just prior to World War II, Japanese American families grew 35 percent of the produce in California. By the 1920s, Japanese Americans supplied 75 percent of the produce and half the milk to the Puget Sound region.

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Agriculture (290)
Farmers' markets and stands (29)
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Farming (144)
Flower growers (24)
Migrant labor (1)
Plantations (1)
Strawberries (21)

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Brookville Gardens (ddr-densho-109-64)
img Brookville Gardens (ddr-densho-109-64)
Left to right: Mrs. Terayama, Kameo Yamamoto, Haruaki Yotsuuye (driving).
Yoshimitsu Suyematsu Interview Segment 5 (ddr-one-7-66-5)
vh Yoshimitsu Suyematsu Interview Segment 5 (ddr-one-7-66-5)
Description of family's prewar strawberry farm

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Japanese Americans working in fields (ddr-densho-151-228)
img Japanese Americans working in fields (ddr-densho-151-228)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Japanese field laborers packing cauliflower in field on large-scale ranch owned by white operator (L.E. Bailey).
Board of Directors of the Apple Growers Association (ddr-densho-259-29)
img Board of Directors of the Apple Growers Association (ddr-densho-259-29)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "I don't recognize any of the 14 Caucasian men in this group picture with [Masuo Yasui], but I suspect that they were the Board of Directors of the Apple Growers Association."
Crew of Japanese laborers (ddr-densho-259-354)
img Crew of Japanese laborers (ddr-densho-259-354)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Japanese laborers standing in the back row, and a group sitting in the front on the ground I will guess that this crew was picking applies."
Issei laborers eating apples on a farm (ddr-densho-259-353)
img Issei laborers eating apples on a farm (ddr-densho-259-353)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Japanese laborers having at least a refreshment break in front of a couple of wooden sheds The men appear to be eating apples."
Two men in an apple orchard (ddr-densho-259-260)
img Two men in an apple orchard (ddr-densho-259-260)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Masuo Yasui] and a young Japanese man wearing a striped suit and holding an apple in each hand. I don't know who this man was."
Aerial photograph of Mosier Lake, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-202)
img Aerial photograph of Mosier Lake, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-202)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "'Mosier Lake', which was on our farm property in Mosier [Oregon]."
Acreage of strawberry plants (ddr-densho-259-268)
img Acreage of strawberry plants (ddr-densho-259-268)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A large acreage of strawberry plants I will guess that it was taken at either Summit or in Dee."
Packing house in Mosier, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-345)
img Packing house in Mosier, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-345)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Cement block packing house and storage shed, Mosier, Oregon."
A farmer in his rice paddy (ddr-densho-299-15)
img A farmer in his rice paddy (ddr-densho-299-15)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-47-77287. 14 July 47 / Japanese rice farming: / A Japanese farmer works in his / large rice paddy located near / Mount Fuji, Japan. Rice is first / planted in special beds of well / fertilized soil, and when it / reaches a certain size it is pulled / up and taken to the rice paddies / where it is planted ...
A water wheel in an agricultural valley (ddr-densho-299-26)
img A water wheel in an agricultural valley (ddr-densho-299-26)
Caption on reverse: "WPA-46-69188. 25 Nov 46 / Agricultural Japan: / This scene of one of the many valleys / in Japan, shows the intensity of Japanese / agriculture, and the utilization of every / available source of power, as shown by / the water wheel in the middle of this / field. (Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan). / Photographer - Wheeler."
Farming in bombed out areas (ddr-densho-299-12)
img Farming in bombed out areas (ddr-densho-299-12)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-1871. 18 March 49 / NRS Project: / Utilization of every available plot / of ground - use of the soil between / the foundations of bombed out areas / for growing foodstuffs. Tokyo. / Photographer - Dunn / Photograph by U.S. Army."
Farmers eating lunch next to rice paddies (ddr-densho-299-29)
img Farmers eating lunch next to rice paddies (ddr-densho-299-29)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-47-77286. 14 July 47 / Rice planting in Japan: / At a farm near Mount Fuji, Japan, / a group of Japanese farmers eat / lunch along side of the rice paddy / in which they have been working. Soon / they will be plodding through the / sodden earth again in their never- / ending fight against starvation. / Photographer - Kaye."
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