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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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 ...
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.
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."
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 ...
Asparagus (ddr-densho-259-162)
img Asparagus (ddr-densho-259-162)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Asparagus grown in Mosier [Oregon]."
Issei laborers eating apples on a farm (ddr-densho-259-353)
img Issei laborers eating apples on a farm (ddr-densho-259-353)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Japanese laborers having at least a refreshment break in front of a couple of wooden sheds The men appear to be eating apples."
Board of Directors of the Apple Growers Association (ddr-densho-259-29)
img Board of Directors of the Apple Growers Association (ddr-densho-259-29)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "I don't recognize any of the 14 Caucasian men in this group picture with [Masuo Yasui], but I suspect that they were the Board of Directors of the Apple Growers Association."
Aerial photograph of Mosier Lake, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-202)
img Aerial photograph of Mosier Lake, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-202)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "'Mosier Lake', which was on our farm property in Mosier [Oregon]."
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."
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 ...
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).
A water wheel in an agricultural valley (ddr-densho-299-26)
img A water wheel in an agricultural valley (ddr-densho-299-26)
Caption on reverse: "WPA-46-69188. 25 Nov 46 / Agricultural Japan: / This scene of one of the many valleys / in Japan, shows the intensity of Japanese / agriculture, and the utilization of every / available source of power, as shown by / the water wheel in the middle of this / field. (Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan). ...
Crops growing in a flood plane (ddr-densho-299-24)
img Crops growing in a flood plane (ddr-densho-299-24)
Caption in reverse: "FEC-49-1868. 18 March 49 / NRS Project: / Use of land on flood plane of the / Tamagawa River, Tokyo for growing / wheat and vegetables. Quite common / now in urban districts. / Photographer - Dunn / Photograph by U.S. Army."
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."
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 / ...
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"
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."
Farmers eating lunch next to rice paddies (ddr-densho-299-29)
img Farmers eating lunch next to rice paddies (ddr-densho-299-29)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-47-77286. 14 July 47 / Rice planting in Japan: / At a farm near Mount Fuji, Japan, / a group of Japanese farmers eat / lunch along side of the rice paddy / in which they have been working. Soon / they will be plodding through the / sodden earth again in their ...
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."
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.
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]."
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."
White brother and sister picking strawberries (ddr-densho-259-249)
img White brother and sister picking strawberries (ddr-densho-259-249)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "This was 'Peggy' Smith on the left, and her brother Chandler Smith on the right, and they were picking strawberries on our Willow Flat farm."
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