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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Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-85)
img Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-85)
A photograph of the Taenaka family in a farm, Brighton, Colorado. Includes Kamie Taenaka and Yaeko Taenaka [?] in McMorrow's sugar beet farm. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_027
Tamesaburo and Kamie Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-255)
img Tamesaburo and Kamie Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-255)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are four photographs taken in El Monte, California. Include Tamesaburo and Kamie Taenaka. These are probably taken in 1913. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_050
Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-99)
img Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-99)
A photograph of farmers, probably the Taenaka family, and a 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_041
Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-102)
img Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-102)
A photograph of farmers, probably the Taenaka family 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_044
Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-83)
img Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-83)
A photograph of the Taenaka family in a farm, Brighton, Colorado. Includes Tamesaburo Taenaka and Yaeko Taenaka [?] in McMorrow's sugar beet farm. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_025
Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-89)
img Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-89)
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_031
Tamie and Haruko Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-257)
img Tamie and Haruko Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-257)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the pages are eight photographs taken in El Monte, California. Include Kamie and Haruko Taenaka. Photographs also include Durfee's house, and a ranch with horses and cattle, where the Taenakas work. The photographs are probably taken in 1913. See this object in the California State Universities ...
Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-103)
img Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-103)
A photograph of farmers, probably the Taenaka family, 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_045
Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-84)
img Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-84)
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_0090. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_026
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
University of California, evacuation and settlement study: case history I (ddr-csujad-26-26)
doc University of California, evacuation and settlement study: case history I (ddr-csujad-26-26)
Correspondence regarding a profile of incarceree Harry Osaka written by Robert Spencer. The profile was taken during a trip to Fresno for Harry's mother's funeral with Spencer as the escort and includes Harry's life and family story, farm business before incarceration, religious practices, holiday practices, description of funeral. Profile included as part of the Japanese American ...
Tule Lake scrapbook pastel drawing (ddr-csujad-26-66)
img Tule Lake scrapbook pastel drawing (ddr-csujad-26-66)
Scrapbook page featuring a pastel drawing of an agricultural field in a mountain landscape depicting figures working the field on foot and using farm equipment. The drawing is lined on the bottom by a series of radishes. "Yvanne" is signed in the lower right corner. Tule Lake scrapbook (ucsb_mei_0053), page 35. See this object in the ...
An Oral History with Woodrow Odanaka (ddr-csujad-29-14)
av An Oral History with Woodrow Odanaka (ddr-csujad-29-14)
Impressions of a Nisei concerning pre-World War II family produce business in Los Angeles, California; removal to Santa Anita Assembly Center in California, and the Granada incarceration camp in Colorado; wartime college experiences in Minnesota; and Army military intelligence duties in the Philippines and occupied Japan. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese American Oral ...
An Oral History with Mitsuo Nitta (ddr-csujad-29-4)
doc An Oral History with Mitsuo Nitta (ddr-csujad-29-4)
Oral history with Nisei farmer/businessman from pioneering Orange County, California family gives prewar biographical information with emphasis on Japanese Americans in Orange County. Discusses World War II forced removal, experiences in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the role of the Japanese American Citizens League before and after World War II. This oral history was conducted ...
An Oral History with Seiko Ishida (ddr-csujad-29-11)
av An Oral History with Seiko Ishida (ddr-csujad-29-11)
Retired Kibei teacher recounts samurai parents' background and their immigration to Seattle, Washington; socioeconomic composition of Seattle's Japanese community; earlier teacher training; prewar stays in Japan as a child and as a tutor in a missionary family; experiences as a teacher in the wartime resettlement in New York; and postwar return to Los Angeles. This oral ...
Three women on a farm (ddr-densho-9-3)
img Three women on a farm (ddr-densho-9-3)
Left to right: Teruko Hoshino, Katsuyo Hoshino, and Mitsue Shiraishi.
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); "Mr. Moto, ...
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'" (p. ...
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)
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 ...
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