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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Nancy K. Araki Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-305-5)
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Father's clever farming techniques

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Tom Matsuoka Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-47-17)
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Changes in farming business lead to the establishment of the Bellevue Vegetable Growers Association
Sam Ogo Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-193-17)
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Running a 'truck farm'

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.

Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-12-7)
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Activities in the Bellevue Japanese American farming community
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-12-6)
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Growing up on the family farm, balancing farm chores and school
Kay Matsuoka Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-48-3)
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Childhood memories: working on the family farm, attending school, and receiving training in Japanese culture and customs
Seichi Hayashida Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-14-8)
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Vegetable Growers Association and relations with those outside the Japanese American community
Seichi Hayashida Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-14-3)
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Living in prewar Bellevue: farming, community center, and Buddhist church
Jimi Yamaichi Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-106-2)
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Description of the family farm in San Jose, California, "[W]e worked three days for $10..."
Minoru Tajii Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-394-2)
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Father's farming techniques

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Seichi Hayashida Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-14-9)
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Deciding to work in family's farm instead of attending college
Seichi Hayashida Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-14-10)
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Description of the Japanese American farming community in Bellevue
Minoru Tajii Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-394-9)
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Maintaining the farm during the summertime

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