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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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."
Workers picking strawberries (ddr-densho-259-251)
img Workers picking strawberries (ddr-densho-259-251)
Workers picking strawberries on the Yasui family farm in Willow Flat, Oregon.
Japanese visitors at a fruit packing house (ddr-densho-259-255)
img Japanese visitors at a fruit packing house (ddr-densho-259-255)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Masuo Yasui] and a group of 3 Japanese visitors and a young Japanese girl [Masuo] was showing the visitors what our fruit sorting conveyor belt looked like in the packing house at Willow Flat."
Aerial photograph of Mosier Lake, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-361)
img Aerial photograph of Mosier Lake, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-361)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "'Mosier Lake', which was on our farm property in Mosier [Oregon]."
Man on tree stump surveying timberland (ddr-densho-259-245)
img Man on tree stump surveying timberland (ddr-densho-259-245)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Family friend surveying timberland with Mt. Hood in the background."
Two men in an apple orchard (ddr-densho-259-257)
img Two men in an apple orchard (ddr-densho-259-257)
Two unidentified Japanese American men in an apple orchard, possibly in Willow Flat, Oregon. The man on the left is probably Masuo Yasui.
img "Group of Japanese apple pickers" (ddr-densho-259-356)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Japanese apple pickers The standing white man in the checkered jacket was said to have been Ted Pooley, but I don't know who the other one was. The Pooleys have been associated with the growing, packing and shipping of Hood River fruit from as far back as the early ...
img "Issei women hoeing strawberries" (ddr-densho-259-274)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Two Issei women hoeing strawberries This picture is interesting because it shows them wearing long dresses with long sleeves, and large straw hats. This kind of attire for farm work wasn't the functional and comfortable clothing that the Issei farm women used to wear in our day. Also it shows very well ...
Workers picking strawberries (ddr-densho-259-253)
img Workers picking strawberries (ddr-densho-259-253)
Workers picking strawberries, possibly on the Yasui family farm in Willow Flat, Oregon.
Gidra, Vol. I, No. 3 (June 1969) (ddr-densho-297-3)
doc Gidra, Vol. I, No. 3 (June 1969) (ddr-densho-297-3)
Selected article titlese: "The Persecution Rests" (p. 1), "CS, It's a Gas!" (p. 1), "Reflections in a Slanted Eye" (p. 2), "Grapes Are Coming!" (p. 4).
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."
Farming fields in Tokyo (ddr-densho-299-49)
img Farming fields in Tokyo (ddr-densho-299-49)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-1870. 18 March 49 / NRS Project: / Use of land on flood plain of the / Tamagawa River, Tokyo for growing / wheat and cabbage. / Photographer - Dunn / Photograph by U.S. Army"
Japanese farmer planting rice (ddr-densho-299-176)
img Japanese farmer planting rice (ddr-densho-299-176)
Caption: "Rice plants are planted individually by hand in the muddy soil."
Farmers weeding potato fields (ddr-densho-299-10)
img Farmers weeding potato fields (ddr-densho-299-10)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-48-6063. 17 July 48 / Crop collection report: / In Japan, as is shown in this picture / taken in the Urawa area, Saitama / Prefecture, farmers weed their / potatoes by hand. / Photographer - Calmus / Photograph by U.S. Army Signal Corps."
Farmers threshing grains during harvest (ddr-densho-299-28)
img Farmers threshing grains during harvest (ddr-densho-299-28)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-47-77285. 14 July 47 / Japanese farmers work together / during harvest time: / Japanese women, men and children / thresh barley and other cereal / grains on a foot-powered threshing / machine at a farm located near / Mount Fuji, Japan. On farms such / as this it is often a community ...
Japanese farmers with
img Japanese farmers with "Honey Buckets" full of fertilizer (ddr-densho-299-182)
Caption: "'Honey Buckets' full of human excrement collected to be used for fertilizer."
A field of rice shocks (ddr-densho-299-16)
img A field of rice shocks (ddr-densho-299-16)
Caption on reverse: "WPA-46-69185. 25 Nov 46 / Field of rice shocks: / This field of rice shocks around / Yoshida-mura, Yamakashi, Japan, is / a typical farm scene of Japan in / the fall. / Photographer - Wheeler."
Issei men with team of horses on farm (ddr-densho-259-357)
img Issei men with team of horses on farm (ddr-densho-259-357)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Issei man standing next to a team of horses, an Issei driver and a man standing on the driver's side of a truck loaded with boxes Those boxes look like strawberry crates."
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 orchards ...
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."
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 is ...
img "Group of Japanese strawberry pickers" (ddr-densho-259-355)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Japanese strawberry pickers with one man, possibly the foreman or the 'strawboss', standing center left. Because the silhouettes of the mountains in the background look exactly like Baldy Mountain and Fir Top, this photograph had to have been taken in the Hood River Valley, and very probably from either ...
img "Women packing strawberries" (ddr-densho-259-346)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Women packing strawberries Since the crew of packers are entirely Caucasian, if it was taken in Hood River, it almost surely was taken in some Caucasian farmer's packing house."
Strawberry fields (ddr-densho-259-80)
img Strawberry fields (ddr-densho-259-80)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "This is a very large acreage of strawberries on our Willow Flat farm At one time or another, almost all of the land on the 'home 60' (sixty acres) had been planted in strawberries, but of course not at the same time."
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