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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Kazuye Matsunaga (ddr-csujad-8-38)
doc Kazuye Matsunaga (ddr-csujad-8-38)
Oral history interview with Kazuye [Kazue] Matsunaga. 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 Matsunaga, Kazuye
Hideichi and Masako Yamane (ddr-csujad-8-84)
doc Hideichi and Masako Yamane (ddr-csujad-8-84)
Oral history interview with Hideichi and Masako Yamane. 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 Yamane, Hideichi and Masako
George Abe (ddr-csujad-8-1)
doc George Abe (ddr-csujad-8-1)
Oral history interview with George Abe. 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 Abe, George
Kichizo Morita (ddr-csujad-8-42)
doc Kichizo Morita (ddr-csujad-8-42)
Oral history interview with Kichizo Morita. 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 Morita, Kichizo
Tsuru Naito (ddr-csujad-8-48)
doc Tsuru Naito (ddr-csujad-8-48)
Oral history interview with Tsuru Naito. 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 Naito, Tsuru
Japanese American News clippings, September-October 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-20)
doc Japanese American News clippings, September-October 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-20)
This document contains news clippings and articles about Japanese Americans from various tabloids during the period from September to October 1943. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_01-11_01
Fujita family in front of Fujita Brothers Egg Ranch truck (ddr-csujad-23-2)
img Fujita family in front of Fujita Brothers Egg Ranch truck (ddr-csujad-23-2)
Shows a circa 1930 Graham Paige panel delivery truck parked in front of the Fujita Brothers Egg Ranch (Ely Road and Fujita Lane, Petaluma, California). Shown from left to right are siblings Katsumi (Henry) Fujita, Michi (Grace) Fujita, Eigi (George) Fujita and their father Tsuneji Fujita. This photo appears to have been taken on the same ...
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-304)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-304)
A page from a photo album including Japanese family photographs. Pasted on the page are family photographs including Japanese men hiking, a group of Japanese men and women, and a Japanese man standing in a farm. The photographs are probably taken in the early 1900s. Location is unknown. See this object in the California State Universities ...
Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-79)
img Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-79)
A photograph of the Taenaka family in a farm, Brighton, Colorado. Includes Tamesaburo Taenaka, Kamie Taenaka, Ukichi Taenaka [?], and Yaeko Taenaka [?], posing in a sugar beet farm. Inscription on the back of the photograph reads: Nov. 20, 1942, Mr. McMorrow's farm, Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization ...
Horse drawn plow in sugar beet farm (ddr-csujad-25-98)
img Horse drawn plow in sugar beet farm (ddr-csujad-25-98)
A photograph of a horse drawn 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_040
Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-90)
img Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-90)
A photograph of the Taenaka family in a farm, Brighton, Colorado. Includes Kamie Taenaka and Yaeko Taenaka [?] in McMorrow's sugar beet farm. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0084. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_032
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-25-81)
img Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-81)
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_0091. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_023
Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-100)
img Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-100)
A photograph of a farmer, probably Taenaka family member, and a horse drawn plow in a sugar beet farm. The photograph appears to be taken in Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_042
Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-80)
img Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-80)
A photograph of Ukichi Taenaka [?], a brother of Toshikuni Taenaka who is a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier. He is harvesting sugar beets in McMorrow's farm, Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_022
Farm [farm workers loading truck] (ddr-csujad-26-72)
img Farm [farm workers loading truck] (ddr-csujad-26-72)
Three workers smile at the camera while loading a truck. Caption on back of photograph reads, "The farm." From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_05_009
Young man on tractor (ddr-csujad-26-131)
img Young man on tractor (ddr-csujad-26-131)
Photo of a young Japanese American man on a tractor. Barracks building are seen in the background. From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_05_101
University of California evacuation and resettlement study: The Gila River WRA relocation center, Rivers, Pinal County, Arizona (ddr-csujad-26-27)
doc University of California evacuation and resettlement study: The Gila River WRA relocation center, Rivers, Pinal County, Arizona (ddr-csujad-26-27)
Description of the Gila River incarceration camp during the first month of occupation, including camp location, climate, landscape, barracks, issues with camp construction, poor conditions and lack of furnishings, incarcerees who were subjected to upon arrival. Camp administration, food and housing issues, camp employment, security, recreation, and social groups are described and analyzed. Report compiled as ...
An Oral History with J.S. Kishiyama and Y. Kishiyama (ddr-csujad-29-3)
av An Oral History with J.S. Kishiyama and Y. Kishiyama (ddr-csujad-29-3)
Reflections of an elderly Orange County, California couple on their experiences in America. He recounts his years as an immigrant; she discusses her family background, makeup of Japanese-American community, and rural living. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project, Oral History Program, California State University, Fullerton; interview conducted by Pat Morgan. ...
Two Japanese Americans picking strawberries (ddr-densho-2-26)
img Two Japanese Americans picking strawberries (ddr-densho-2-26)
Shown here are Peggie Yorita and Sho Nakagawa of the Yamashita Shipping Company in a strawberry field.
Woman in a tomato field (ddr-densho-2-21)
img Woman in a tomato field (ddr-densho-2-21)
Peggie Yorita holds a bucket of tomatoes from her parents' farm.
Letter from Susanne [Freitas] to the Okine Family, October 29, 1947 (ddr-csujad-5-215)
doc Letter from Susanne [Freitas] to the Okine Family, October 29, 1947 (ddr-csujad-5-215)
Thank you note from Susanne Freitas in San Juan Bautista, California, for the chrysanthemum flowers that the Okine's sent to her. She also mentions that she put the flowers on Mrs. Freitas' grave. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_02_54_001
Letter from Y. Fujii to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, May 24, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-204)
doc Letter from Y. Fujii to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, May 24, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-204)
A letter from Yosokichi Fujii, a former incarceree in the Heart Mountain incarceration camp, Wyoming, to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. He gives an update of his life after leaving the camp in September 1945 and resettling in Nyssa, Oregon until May 1946. He currently works in Penryn, California in fruit production following his friends' suggestion. He ...
Letter from Kimiye Tanimoto to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, October 2, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-211)
doc Letter from Kimiye Tanimoto to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, October 2, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-211)
A letter from Kimiye Tanimoto to her relatives, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. Kimiye is a sister-in-law of the Okine's son, Masao Okine. She recently returned from Japan to the US and is producing grapes in Lodi, California. In the letter, she gives appreciation to Seiichi and Tomeyo for their visit and gifts. See this object in ...
Letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, September 5, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-163)
doc Letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, September 5, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-163)
A letter from Jokichi Yamanaka in Hiroshima, Japan to his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. Jokichi writes about Masao Okine's visit to his place in Hiroshima, Japan and Masao's bringing the gifts from Seiichi and Tomeyo with him. He also writes of Masao's updates on issues in Hollister, California, where Jokichi used to run ...
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