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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The Leader Editoral (ddr-densho-359-1226)
doc The Leader Editoral (ddr-densho-359-1226)
A typed version of a letter to the editor of "The Leader" newspaper communicating anti-Japanese - American sentiments and a response by another member of the community. The response tells the history of the Kawamoto family in the Leland, WA community.
Cows in a field (ddr-densho-359-1094)
img Cows in a field (ddr-densho-359-1094)
Photographs of the Kawamoto property taken by George Evans in 1944.
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
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.
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.
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.
Transplanting produce in hotbeds (ddr-densho-18-57)
img Transplanting produce in hotbeds (ddr-densho-18-57)
When farm areas were flooded, it was sometimes necessary to transfer produce, as shown here.
Japanese visitors at a fruit packing house (ddr-densho-259-255)
img Japanese visitors at a fruit packing house (ddr-densho-259-255)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Masuo Yasui] and a group of 3 Japanese visitors and a young Japanese girl [Masuo] was showing the visitors what our fruit sorting conveyor belt looked like in the packing house at Willow Flat."
White brother and sister picking strawberries (ddr-densho-259-249)
img White brother and sister picking strawberries (ddr-densho-259-249)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "This was 'Peggy' Smith on the left, and her brother Chandler Smith on the right, and they were picking strawberries on our Willow Flat farm."
Japanese family visiting a farm (ddr-densho-259-261)
img Japanese family visiting a farm (ddr-densho-259-261)
Unidentified visitors to the Yasui family's farm in Willow Flat, Oregon.
Hand-drawn map of prewar Auburn, Washington (ddr-densho-25-99)
doc Hand-drawn map of prewar Auburn, Washington (ddr-densho-25-99)
This map was drawn by Mae Iseri Yamada. It shows some of the Japanese-owned farms in the Auburn area before World War II.
Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-35)
img Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-35)
An Issei couple operated a large dairy farm in a town formerly known as Days, Washington. With the advent of World War II, the they were forced to sell their farm for a fraction of its worth. This is the barn that housed most of the cows once owned by couple. Days, Washington no longer exists. ...
Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-37)
img Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-37)
An Issei couple operated a large dairy farm in a town formerly known as Days, Washington. The property line extended beyond the area shown here. With the advent of World War II, they were forced to sell their property for a fraction of its worth. This is the barn previously owned by the couple. Days, Washington ...
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