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.

Industry and employment (204)
Agriculture (286)
Farmers' markets and stands (29)
Chick sexing
Dairy farming (10)
Farming (144)
Flower growers (24)
Migrant labor (1)
Plantations (1)
Strawberries (14)

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Frank Kitamoto Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1001-25-22)
vh Frank Kitamoto Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1001-25-22)
Historical relationship between Japanese Americans and Filipino Americans on Bainbridge Island
Harry Ueno Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1002-7-3)
vh Harry Ueno Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1002-7-3)
Getting married, selling produce in a market in Los Angeles, California
Kitako Izumizaki Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1015-3-22)
vh Kitako Izumizaki Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1015-3-22)
Changes in agriculture: the shift from small farmers to large companies
Taylor Tomita Interview Segment 3 (ddr-one-7-61-3)
vh Taylor Tomita Interview Segment 3 (ddr-one-7-61-3)
Helping on family's strawberry farm as a child

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of ...

Seichi Hayashida Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-14-3)
vh Seichi Hayashida Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-14-3)
Living in prewar Bellevue: farming, community center, and Buddhist church
Seichi Hayashida Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-14-8)
vh Seichi Hayashida Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-14-8)
Vegetable Growers Association and relations with those outside the Japanese American community
Family visiting a chicken farm (ddr-densho-182-102)
img Family visiting a chicken farm (ddr-densho-182-102)
Photo possibly taken on Vashon Island, Washington. Mimbu family, Mary Amano on right.
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 11 (February 5, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-178)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 11 (February 5, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-178)
"Bodies of 33 More Nisei Soldiers Come Home to U.S.; Group Includes Those of Pacific Northwest Men" (p. 1), "California State Legislature Gets Numerous Anti-Bias Measures" (p. 1), "Mint Becoming Major Washington Crop" (p. 2), "Admitting of Soldier Brides to U.S. Without Respect to Race Sought" (p. 4).
img "Nikkei farm family scene" (ddr-densho-259-133)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A Nikkei farm family scene, taken at one of the early Yasui farms in Summit, which is slightly north and a little west of Odell, Oregon. The farm 'family' was mostly the young Masuo and Shidzuyo Yasuis Sitting back left is, I believe, Yoshizaemon Mori...I think that standing in the center ...
Asparagus (ddr-densho-259-162)
img Asparagus (ddr-densho-259-162)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Asparagus grown in Mosier [Oregon]."
Farmhouse in Japan (ddr-densho-259-542)
img Farmhouse in Japan (ddr-densho-259-542)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A substantial farm house in Japan It must have been the home of a rich farmer."
Japanese American man picking apples (ddr-densho-259-254)
img Japanese American man picking apples (ddr-densho-259-254)
Japanese American man in a suit picking apples, possibly in Willow Flat, Oregon.
Two Japanese American families on farmland (ddr-densho-259-247)
img Two Japanese American families on farmland (ddr-densho-259-247)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Nikkei visitors to what must surely have been the Willow Flat farm both [Shidzuyo and Masuo Yasui] are dressed in their farm working clothes This photo shows the typical farm working clothes that [Shidzuyo]--and almost all of the Hood River valley Issei women of the time wore, when working in the ...
img "Nikkei farm family scene" (ddr-densho-259-358)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A Nikkei farm family scene, taken at one of the early Yasui farms in Summit, which is slightly north and a little west of Odell, Oregon. The farm 'family' was mostly the young Masuo and Shidzuyo Yasuis Sitting back left is, I believe, Yoshizaemon Mori...I think that standing in the center ...
Crops growing in bombed out buildings (ddr-densho-299-7)
img Crops growing in bombed out buildings (ddr-densho-299-7)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-2015. 30 March 49 / NRS Project: / Production of food crops among bombed / out buildings showing utilization of / every available space. / Photographer-Crowe / Photograph by U.S. Army."
Farmers learning about the land reform laws (ddr-densho-299-194)
img Farmers learning about the land reform laws (ddr-densho-299-194)
Caption: "Farmers at a meeting where they learn about the land reform laws which were enacted for / their benefit."
Japanese farm in the mountains (ddr-densho-299-62)
img Japanese farm in the mountains (ddr-densho-299-62)
Caption on reverse: "WPA-46-69189. 25 Nov 46 / Japanese Farm: / This Japanese farm in the mountain range / of Yamanashi Prefecture is a good example / of the clean, well kept, and fully culti- / vated fields of the Japanese farm. / Photographer - Wheeler / Photograph by U.S. Army"
Current view of farmhouse on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-34)
img Current view of farmhouse on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-34)
An Issei couple operated a large dairy farm in a town formerly known as Days, Washington. The 1,300 acre farm also included valuable timber that grew on the property. With the advent of World War II, the couple was forced to sell their farm for a fraction of its worth. This is the original farmhouse ...
George Hanada Interview Segment 10 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-10)
vh George Hanada Interview Segment 10 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-10)
Sharecropping in California after World War II

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

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