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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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Family on their farm (ddr-densho-153-16)
img Family on their farm (ddr-densho-153-16)
Amy Matsushita and parents Kyoko Amitani Matsushita and Yasutaro Matsushita.
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.
Japanese Americans picking strawberries (ddr-densho-182-109)
img Japanese Americans picking strawberries (ddr-densho-182-109)
Photo possibly taken on Vashon Island, Washington. Frank Ouchi.
Japanese Americans picking strawberries (ddr-densho-182-108)
img Japanese Americans picking strawberries (ddr-densho-182-108)
Photo possibly taken on Vashon Island, Washington. Frank Ouchi.
Japanese Americans visiting a strawberry farm (ddr-densho-182-104)
img Japanese Americans visiting a strawberry farm (ddr-densho-182-104)
Photo possibly taken on Vashon Island, Washington. Mimbu, Ouchi, Amano?
Kawamoto house (ddr-densho-359-1095)
img Kawamoto house (ddr-densho-359-1095)
Photographs of the Kawamoto property taken by George Evans in 1944.
The Leader Editoral (ddr-densho-359-1226)
doc The Leader Editoral (ddr-densho-359-1226)
A typed version of a letter to the editor of "The Leader" newspaper communicating anti-Japanese - American sentiments and a response by another member of the community. The response tells the history of the Kawamoto family in the Leland, WA community.
Chicken house (ddr-densho-359-300)
img Chicken house (ddr-densho-359-300)
Caption under the photograph in the album "Chicken house in the making"
Kawamoto house (ddr-densho-359-1096)
img Kawamoto house (ddr-densho-359-1096)
Photographs of the Kawamoto property taken by George Evans in 1944.
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