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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Yoshimitsu Suyematsu Interview Segment 3 (ddr-one-7-66-3)
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Prewar strawberry farming: a communal process

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Bill Hirabayashi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1014-4-2)
vh Bill Hirabayashi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1014-4-2)
Father's formation of a farming corporation with other families
Tokio Hirotaka - Toshio Ito - Joe Matsuzawa Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-23-17)
vh Tokio Hirotaka - Toshio Ito - Joe Matsuzawa Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-23-17)
Clearing the land, contributions of farmers to Seattle's Eastside land development
George Yamada Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-187-30)
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Deciding to enter the chick-sexing industry

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 18 (October 30, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-44)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 18 (October 30, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-44)
Selected article titles: "Nisei Favoring Prop. 14 Are 'Misguided" Says Enomoto" (p.1), "8,000 Aliens Who Served in U.S. Armed Forces May Be Naturalized" (p.1), "Sen. Kuchel Urges Californians Not to Dignify Bias" (p.1), "Local School Boards Still Retain Power to District Zones, Supreme Court Decides" (p.1), "Soil Conservation Supervisors Hail Nisei Farmer for 'Pay as You ...
Minoru Tajii Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-394-2)
vh Minoru Tajii Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-394-2)
Father's farming techniques

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George Yamada Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-187-31)
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Description of chick-sexing industry: "it was a fascinating career"

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Earl Hanson Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-160-5)
vh Earl Hanson Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-160-5)
Discussion of prewar occupations on Bainbridge Island: Port Blakely mill, strawberry farming

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Earl Hanson Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-160-4)
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Early memories of Japanese American neighbors and their greenhouses

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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 75, No. 6 (August 11, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-31)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 75, No. 6 (August 11, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-31)
Selected article titles: "Seabrook Farms Eye Japanese Industries" (p.1), "Plight of Issei Living Below Poverty Level Raises Questions" (p.1), "San Francisco Community Group Toiling to Revitalize: (p.1).
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