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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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.
Agreement to lease land (ddr-densho-25-92)
doc Agreement to lease land (ddr-densho-25-92)
This agreement to lease land was signed by A. J. Charleston and Matahichi Iseri. In the early 1900s, many states, led by California, enacted alien land laws. These laws aimed at Issei farmers prevented ownership of land by "aliens ineligible for citizenship." As a result, many Issei leased land from white farmers. In 1920, California enacted ...
Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-48)
img Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-48)
An Issei couple operated a large dairy farm in a town formerly known as Days, Washington. The 1,300 acre farm had a property line that extended beyond the area shown here. With the advent of World War II, the couple was forced to sell their property for a fraction of its worth. This is part of ...
Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-46)
img Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-46)
An Issei couple operated a large dairy farm in a town formerly known as Days, Washington. The farm was 1,300 acres. The property line extended beyond the area shown here. With the advent of World War II, the couple was forced to sell their property for a fraction of its worth. This is the interior of ...
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?
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 45 (June 27, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-33)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 45 (June 27, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-33)
"International Body Ousts Local 7 Officers" (p. 1), "Urges Board to Sift Loss in Evacuation" (p. 1), "Death of Race Ties Unit of NHA Set for Monday, June 30; Lack of Funds Forces Move, Aide Says" (p. 1).
Kenjiro Kida in field (ddr-one-3-78)
img Kenjiro Kida in field (ddr-one-3-78)
Black and white photograph of Kenjiro Kida standing next to a sapling in a field. Above his head is written "Kida" in red ink. On the back is written "Kenjiro Kida" in pencil.
A woman cultivating crops in a bombed out area (ddr-densho-299-23)
img A woman cultivating crops in a bombed out area (ddr-densho-299-23)
Caption in reverse: "FEC-49-1946. 25 March 49 / NRS Project: / Utilization of every available space / for production of food crops, even / among the rubble of bombed ruins / and foundations. Woman with baby / on her back cultivating winter wheat / Tokyo metropolitan area. / Photographer - Crowe / Photograph by U.S. Army."
Japanese farmers threshing rice (ddr-densho-299-63)
img Japanese farmers threshing rice (ddr-densho-299-63)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-47-77289. 14 July 47 / Japanese farmers work hard: / Japanese farmers, working on a / farm located near Mount Fuji, / Japan, thresh rice by means of a / foot driven machine. This is / extremely fatiguing work, and / the operation must be executed / with great care as grain left ...
Farmers planting rice (ddr-densho-299-9)
img Farmers planting rice (ddr-densho-299-9)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-47-77282. 14 July 47 / Rice planting in Japan: / Japanese farmers force shoots / of rice into sodden earth of / a paddy located near Mount Fuji, / Japan. This extra-large rice / paddy is part of a ceaseless / battle against starvation in Japan. / Photographer - Kaye / Photograph by ...
A farmer hoeing a field to plant rice (ddr-densho-299-8)
img A farmer hoeing a field to plant rice (ddr-densho-299-8)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-47-77281. 14 July 47 / Rice planted in Japan: / A rice paddy near Mount Fuji, Japan, / is prepared for planting by hoeing / unplowed portions of the field by / hand. This field, flooded to a / depth of eight inches, will do its / part in alleviated Japan's serious / ...
Crops grown in a bombed out area (ddr-densho-299-32)
img Crops grown in a bombed out area (ddr-densho-299-32)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-2011. 30 March 49 / NRS construction project: / Every available plot of ground is used / for the production of food crops. A / garden being prepared in the rubble / of bombed out building. / Photographer - Crowe / Photograph by U.S. Army."
Sansei baby (ddr-densho-325-400)
img Sansei baby (ddr-densho-325-400)
Eddie Horiuchi Written on back of the photograph "Nov. '50 1 yr. old Uratsu's Orchard"
Letter regarding seed purchases (ddr-densho-324-73)
doc Letter regarding seed purchases (ddr-densho-324-73)
Correspondence and receipts regarding seed purchases for the Uno farm.
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