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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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 11 (March 12, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-11)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 11 (March 12, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-11)
Selected article titles: "Orange County Japanese Become Millionaires as Land Value Rise, but Hard Times Strike Growers in Imperial Valley-JHP Learns" (p.1-2), "Documents for History Project Gain in Volume" (p.1-2), "Ventura County Lemon Growers Authorized Limited 'Tanno' Use" (p.1-2), "100th, 442nd Designations to Be Retained" (p.3), "San Francisco Japanese Cultural, Trade Center Groundbreaking Rites Set Mar. ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 25 (June 18, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-25)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 25 (June 18, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-25)
Selected article titles: "History Project: Issei Railroaders in the Rockies" (p.1), "Tanno Laborers May Be Sent Home in Two Weeks: Wirtz" (p.1), "JACL Youth Survey among Chapters On" (p.1), "Supreme Court Decisions" (p.2), "Accent on Youth" (p.2), "Low Voter Registration in Hawaii May Bring in U.S. Registrars" (p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 61, No. 6 (August 6, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-32)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 61, No. 6 (August 6, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-32)
Selected article titles: "Apartments Outside Minority Section Won't Rent to Nisei" (p.1), "Future of Youth Is in Our Own Making: Y. Wada" (p.1, 4), "Official U.S. Supreme Court Includes Section of Japanese Americans" (p.1, 5), "U.S. and Vietnam" (p.2), "Union Leader Asks Some 700 Tanno Be Returned to Japan"(p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 18 (April 30, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-18)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 18 (April 30, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-18)
Selected article titles: "Wirtz Approves Use of Foreign Farm Workers" (p.1, 3), "Inouye Sponsors Bill Dealing with Migratory Labor" (p.1), "History Project: Issei Developed Famous Utah Celery" (p.2), "Nisei Criticizes President's New Farm Bill" (p.3), "Project to House Migrant Farm Laborers under Anti-Poverty Program Stalled" (p.3), "Vice President Humphrey Urges Labor to Assist Minority Citizens to ...
Giri: kodomo no tame ni = For the sake of the children (ddr-csujad-23-1)
doc Giri: kodomo no tame ni = For the sake of the children (ddr-csujad-23-1)
Interview transcripts from oral histories with Sonoma County Japanese American families. Conducted by Sonoma County JACL Oral History Project. The book was published in 2003. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: lp041-01-012
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 76, No. 23, (June 15, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-23)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 76, No. 23, (June 15, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-23)
Select article titles: "New York Nikkei Groups Form Housing Corp" (p.1); "WRA Records to Be Retained in Nat'l Archives" (p.1); "Evacuee Teacher Bill Passes First Step in Sac'to" (p.1); "Bannai Bandwagon Rolls" (p.2); "U.S. Civil Rights Commission to Hear Problems of Calif. Asian American" (p.3); "Nisei Farmers League Defending Right of Farm Workers and Protecting Farms" ...
Hisashi Hayakawa (ddr-csujad-8-21)
doc Hisashi Hayakawa (ddr-csujad-8-21)
Oral history interview with Hisashi Hayakawa. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Hayakawa, Hisashi
Masuji and Kaneko Katano (ddr-csujad-8-27)
doc Masuji and Kaneko Katano (ddr-csujad-8-27)
Oral history interview with Masuji and Kaneko Katano. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Katano, Masuji and Kaneko
Harry Nomura (ddr-csujad-8-54)
doc Harry Nomura (ddr-csujad-8-54)
Oral history interview with Harry Nomura. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Nomura, Harry
Mr. and Mrs. Minoru Masumoto (ddr-csujad-8-36)
doc Mr. and Mrs. Minoru Masumoto (ddr-csujad-8-36)
Oral history interview with Minoru Masumoto. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Masumoto, Mr and Mrs Minoru
Masayoshi Sugimoto (ddr-csujad-8-67)
doc Masayoshi Sugimoto (ddr-csujad-8-67)
Oral history interview with Masayoshi Sugimoto. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Sugimoto, Masayoshi
Masami Arita (ddr-csujad-8-7)
doc Masami Arita (ddr-csujad-8-7)
Oral history interview with Masami Arita. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Arita, Masami
Helen Hasegawa (ddr-csujad-8-17)
doc Helen Hasegawa (ddr-csujad-8-17)
Oral history interview with Helen Hasegawa. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Hasegawa, Helen
Matsushige Mats Ando (ddr-csujad-8-2)
doc Matsushige Mats Ando (ddr-csujad-8-2)
Oral history interview with Matsushige [Mats] Ando. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Ando, Matsushige Mats
Masataro and Kiri Kubo (ddr-csujad-8-30)
doc Masataro and Kiri Kubo (ddr-csujad-8-30)
Oral history interview with Masataro and kiri Kubo. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Kubo, Masataro and Kiri
Tom Toshimi Shimasaki (ddr-csujad-8-63)
doc Tom Toshimi Shimasaki (ddr-csujad-8-63)
Oral history interview with Toshimi Tom Shimasaki. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Shimasaki, Tom Toshimi
Saka Tanaka (ddr-csujad-8-73)
doc Saka Tanaka (ddr-csujad-8-73)
Oral history interview with Saka Tanaka. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Tanaka, Saka
Takano Okajima (ddr-csujad-8-56)
doc Takano Okajima (ddr-csujad-8-56)
Oral history interview with Takano Okajima. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Okajima, Takano
George Kiyomoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-14)
doc George Kiyomoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-14)
Oral history interview with George Kiyomoto. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KIYOMOTO_GEORGE
Horse drawn plow in sugar beet farm (ddr-csujad-25-101)
img Horse drawn plow in sugar beet farm (ddr-csujad-25-101)
A photograph of horses for a plow in a sugar beet farm. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_043
Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-91)
img Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-91)
A photograph of the Taenaka family in a farm, Brighton, Colorado. Includes Tamesaburo Taenaka, Kamie Taenaka, Ukichi Taenaka [?], and Yaeko Taenaka [?], harvesting sugar beets in McMorrow's farm. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0081. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_033
Yone Bartholomew Interview I Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-4-17)
vh Yone Bartholomew Interview I Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-4-17)
Learning to drive at age eight or nine while growing up on a farm
Fred Y. Hoshiyama Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-275-1)
vh Fred Y. Hoshiyama Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-275-1)
Father's role in forming the Yamato Colony

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