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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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."
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.
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."
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 ...
Children on a farm (ddr-densho-28-9)
img Children on a farm (ddr-densho-28-9)
The Suguro farm was located in the Midlakes area of Bellevue, Washington. Front (left to right): Sumie and Toshi Suguro. Back: Mae Suguro, Eva Aramaki, and Mitsue Suguro.
Berry cannery (ddr-densho-34-91)
img Berry cannery (ddr-densho-34-91)
This berry cannery was located at the end of Weaver Road on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Front (left to right): J. Nakata, S. Moritani, O. Koura, I. Hayashida, Mr. Masukawa, S. Sakai, Mrs. Moritani, and T. Moritani. Back: Nels Christensen, unidentified, and Mr. Matsumoto. The La Blanca is at the dock, ready to be loaded with berries ...