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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Ranch landscape (ddr-densho-325-327)
img Ranch landscape (ddr-densho-325-327)
Written on back of photograph "Nov. '47 Home Ranch"
Painting of two men working with guayule cuttings (ddr-manz-2-10)
img Painting of two men working with guayule cuttings (ddr-manz-2-10)
Caption: "Rooted cuttings are transplanted to milk cartons and then to the field. Trnsplanting [sic] is done carefully and speedily by hand of the experimenters. Mr. Akaboshi."
Painting showing guayule harvesting (ddr-manz-2-8)
img Painting showing guayule harvesting (ddr-manz-2-8)
Caption: "The first successful growing of - guayule rubber plant cuttings."
Frank Kitamoto Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1001-25-22)
vh Frank Kitamoto Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1001-25-22)
Historical relationship between Japanese Americans and Filipino Americans on Bainbridge Island
Kitako Izumizaki Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1015-3-22)
vh Kitako Izumizaki Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1015-3-22)
Changes in agriculture: the shift from small farmers to large companies
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 48, No. 3 (January 16, 1959) (ddr-pc-31-3)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 48, No. 3 (January 16, 1959) (ddr-pc-31-3)
Selected article titles: "Racial Relocation to ease tension?" (p. 1), "Anti-Nisei housing bias mooted by Utah civil righters" (p. 1), "50 of Calif.'s 80 Assemblymen Co-Author FEPC" (p. 1), "Univ. of Chicago Issei artist retires after 50-year association with college" (p. 1), "Columnist in L.A. Times comments on evacuation, hopes Sansei have as much diligence for ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 84, No. 10 (March 18, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-10)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 84, No. 10 (March 18, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-10)
Selected article titles: "JACL Panel Stresses Bilingual Programs in School Integration" (p.1), "HEW, Labor Cabinet Heads Assure Affirmative Action" (p.1), "Nat't JACL Director Selection Process" (p.2), "Two Ariyoshi Bills to Stem Flow of Newcomers" (p.2, 10", "Drought Affects Nisei Farms" (p.6), "Filial Piety in Sansei" (p.7).
Taylor Tomita Interview Segment 3 (ddr-one-7-61-3)
vh Taylor Tomita Interview Segment 3 (ddr-one-7-61-3)
Helping on family's strawberry farm as a child

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Seichi Hayashida Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-14-8)
vh Seichi Hayashida Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-14-8)
Vegetable Growers Association and relations with those outside the Japanese American community
Seichi Hayashida Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-14-3)
vh Seichi Hayashida Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-14-3)
Living in prewar Bellevue: farming, community center, and Buddhist church
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 50, No. 19 (May 6, 1960) (ddr-pc-32-19)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 50, No. 19 (May 6, 1960) (ddr-pc-32-19)
Select article titles: "Farm Co-Op Manager Nominated for 'Nisei of Biennium' Award" (p.1); "Law Enforcement groups balk at Cal. FEP's suggested guide to prehiring questions" (p.1)
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 11 (March 16, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-11)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 11 (March 16, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-11)
Selected article titles: "Wing Luke Elected to Seattle Council" (p.1), "Congressional Boxscore" (p.1), "Oregon Orchardists Give Nisei Most Votes for Top Office" (p.1), "President Kennedy Urged to Restore Vested Property to Free Holdings Oversea" (p.2), "Congressional Record Publicizes Story of Konishi Family of Platteville, Colo., and His 'Company' of 13 Children" (p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 22 (June 1, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-22)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 22 (June 1, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-22)
Selected article titles: "Congressional Help Being Considered for Evacuee Tax Probe" (p.1), "'Varsity Victory Volunteers' Remembered as U. of Hawaii's Contribution to War Effort" (p.1), "California-Trained Farmers Make Good" (p.2), "Juvenile Delinquency Costs U.S. Taxpayers $4,000 a Year to Keep Youngster in State School-Twice Tuition to First-Rate Prep School" (p.3).
Kawamoto house (ddr-densho-359-1095)
img Kawamoto house (ddr-densho-359-1095)
Photographs of the Kawamoto property taken by George Evans in 1944.
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