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 (487)

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A farmer in his rice paddy (ddr-densho-299-15)
img A farmer in his rice paddy (ddr-densho-299-15)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-47-77287. 14 July 47 / Japanese rice farming: / A Japanese farmer works in his / large rice paddy located near / Mount Fuji, Japan. Rice is first / planted in special beds of well / fertilized soil, and when it / reaches a certain size it is pulled / up and taken to the rice paddies / where it is planted ...
A field of rice shocks (ddr-densho-299-16)
img A field of rice shocks (ddr-densho-299-16)
Caption on reverse: "WPA-46-69185. 25 Nov 46 / Field of rice shocks: / This field of rice shocks around / Yoshida-mura, Yamakashi, Japan, is / a typical farm scene of Japan in / the fall. / Photographer - Wheeler."
Brookville Gardens (ddr-densho-109-64)
img Brookville Gardens (ddr-densho-109-64)
Left to right: Mrs. Terayama, Kameo Yamamoto, Haruaki Yotsuuye (driving).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 18 (May 3, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-18)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 18 (May 3, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-18)
Select article titles: "Congressional hearings end on use of temporary Japanese farm labor" (p. 1); "Congressmen to support JACL Nat'l TV protest" (p. 1); "Active Chicagoan Mike Hagiwara dies unexpectedly" (p. 1); "Denver TV stations promis no showing of anti-Nisei films" (p. 1); "Parents of grade school pupils urged to protest use of 'Firelight Reader ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 2 (July 12, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-28)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 2 (July 12, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-28)
Select article titles: "House group recommends temp'y farm labor plan be continued: 'No ill effects' on domestic labor market recorded" (p. 1); "JACL Campaign Against Anti-Nisei Films on TV Circularized by NARBT" (p. 1); "Small Claims Court Hears Civil Right Cases" (p. 1); "$86,550 damage suit filed in traffic death of Sakamoto" (p. 1 ...
Japanese Americans working in fields (ddr-densho-151-228)
img Japanese Americans working in fields (ddr-densho-151-228)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Japanese field laborers packing cauliflower in field on large-scale ranch owned by white operator (L.E. Bailey).
Painting of a biologist working with guayule (ddr-manz-2-71)
img Painting of a biologist working with guayule (ddr-manz-2-71)
Caption: "A biologist hybidizes [sic] Guayule trying to produce plants superior in quality then those existing now."
George Pyatt in front of downed tree (ddr-one-3-77)
img George Pyatt in front of downed tree (ddr-one-3-77)
Black and white photograph of four people, two standing on a downed tree, two sanding in front. George Pyatt standing in front of the down tree on the right side, "Pyatt" written below in red ink. Written on back of photograph: "Kay and Kida will know this one. George Pyatt in foreground."
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 22 (November 25, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-46)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 22 (November 25, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-46)
Selected article titles: "Dr. Tom Yatabe, 80: 'Granddaddy of JACL" (p.1, 3), "NC-WNDC Reparation Survey: Only 5% Opposition" (p.1), "Cathy: Help for the Homeless" (p.1-2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 47, No. 18 (October 31, 1958) (ddr-pc-30-44)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 47, No. 18 (October 31, 1958) (ddr-pc-30-44)
Select article titles: "JACL Joins Campaign to Change Senate Filibustering Rules" (p.1); "Nisei researcher working for stronger looking potato without black spots" (P.3); "'Right to Work' initiative also hot for Wash. Voters" (p. 6)
House and farmland (ddr-densho-201-345)
img House and farmland (ddr-densho-201-345)
Caption on front: "Z. MaeKawa house. Auburn, Washington. Picture taken from White Lake Hill. Gone now. 1946?"
Soldier looking at olive grove (ddr-densho-201-446)
img Soldier looking at olive grove (ddr-densho-201-446)
Silhouette of a soldier looking out over what appears to be an olive grove.
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 13 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-13)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 13 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-13)
The significance of Japanese farmers in the Santa Clara Valley
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 15 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-15)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 15 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-15)
Description of Japanese produce farmers' selling and wholesale process
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 6 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-6)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 6 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-6)
Father dissolves agricultural partnership and buys his own land
Yoshimitsu Suyematsu Interview Segment 5 (ddr-one-7-66-5)
vh Yoshimitsu Suyematsu Interview Segment 5 (ddr-one-7-66-5)
Description of family's prewar strawberry farm

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