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.

Agriculture (508)

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Ruth Sasaki Interview Segment 3 (ddr-one-7-64-3)
vh Ruth Sasaki Interview Segment 3 (ddr-one-7-64-3)
Growing up on family's farm

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 the Interior.

Kazue Yamamoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-197-2)
vh Kazue Yamamoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-197-2)
Helping out on family farm

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Sam Ogo Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-193-17)
vh Sam Ogo Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-193-17)
Running a 'truck farm'

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Seichi Hayashida Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-14-10)
vh Seichi Hayashida Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-14-10)
Description of the Japanese American farming community in Bellevue
Tom Matsuoka Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-47-17)
vh Tom Matsuoka Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-47-17)
Changes in farming business lead to the establishment of the Bellevue Vegetable Growers Association
Minoru Tajii Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-394-9)
vh Minoru Tajii Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-394-9)
Maintaining the farm during the summertime

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Earl Hanson Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-160-6)
vh Earl Hanson Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-160-6)
Memories of a cannery company on Bainbridge Island that contracted with Japanese farmers

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George Yamada Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-187-32)
vh George Yamada Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-187-32)
Working as a chick sexer in upstate New York

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 6 (February 18, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-6)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 6 (February 18, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-6)
Selected article titles: "Seattle Fire Chief Raps Article Poking Fun at Asians, Chicanos" (p.1), "L.A. High Tensions Still Unabated" (p.1), "Mike Masaoka Hands in Notice to Terminate" (p.1), "Fear of Hysteria Led to Evacuation" (p.3-4), "Spring Pilgrimage to Manzanar on Mar. 25 Prelude to Dedication" (p.3-4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 21 (May 25, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-21)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 21 (May 25, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-21)
Selected article titles: "Chuman Admonishes PSW Chapters" (p.1, 4), "Nisei Organized Firm Quoted Daily on Over Counter List" (p.1), "Housing Bias Report on Berkeley Due" (p.1), "Dr. Ogura Develops Substitute Larynx for Dog in Step to Aid Throat Cancer Victims" (p.2), "College Essay on Resettlement Patterns of Evacuees Wins Top Michigan Award" (p.2), "California Farmers Threatened ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 12 (March 19, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-12)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 12 (March 19, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-12)
Selected article titles: "Washington State Legislators Order Land Law Repeal for '66" (p.1), "Non-Japanese Who Contributed to Nisei Community Due Awards" (p.1), "California Seeks 5,100 Mexican Farm Workers" (p.1, 3), "Shame of Selma" (p.2).
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