Work and jobs

Both Issei and Nisei took jobs within the camps, at wages set not to exceed soldiers' pay: $12 per month for unskilled labor, $16 for skilled labor, and $19 for professional employees. WRA staff was paid much more for the same jobs. Though public opinion mandated such low pay, dissatisfied Japanese Americans objected to losing their right to make a decent living. They had to use their sparse income for necessities, such as warm clothing and shoes.

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The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-2)
img The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-2)
The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator, the newspaper of the Minidoka concentration camp, is shown in the paper's office. Far right (left to right): Takako Matsumoto (left) and Elsie Sata. Front (left to right): unidentified, Kimi Tambara, Cherry Tanaka, John Kanda, Miyuki Inouye, and Sachi Yasui. Back: Mitsuko Miyoshi, Harry Nakata, Watson Asaba, unidentified, unidentified ...
Camp worker's paycheck (ddr-densho-25-16)
doc Camp worker's paycheck (ddr-densho-25-16)
Mae Iseri was originally from Thomas, Washington, where her parents ran a small store and berry farm. After being held at the Pinedale Assembly Center in California, Mae was detained at the Tule Lake concentration camp, California, where she worked as a physical education teacher. This was her first paycheck, which she never cashed.
Camp beauty shop (ddr-densho-37-16)
img Camp beauty shop (ddr-densho-37-16)
Original WRA caption: High school girls working part time in [the] beauty shop, which is operated by the Minidoka Consumers Cooperative.
Japanese American harvesting spinach (ddr-densho-37-606)
img Japanese American harvesting spinach (ddr-densho-37-606)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. Momayo Yamamoto in the spinach harvesting field at this relocation center.
Japanese Americans feeding cows (ddr-densho-37-604)
img Japanese Americans feeding cows (ddr-densho-37-604)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. M. Fujita is pictured feeding the cows at the dairy farm school. He works days on the hog farm, and spends his evenings at the school to learn milking and the care of the cows. Prior to evacuation, he was a builder of fishing boats at San ...
Japanese Americans working on camp newspaper (ddr-densho-37-459)
img Japanese Americans working on camp newspaper (ddr-densho-37-459)
Original WRA caption: Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Trimming the assembled Sentinels is George Tokoshige, while Reports Officer Vaughn Mechau and Sentianl Editor, Bill Hosokawa check for the hundredth time for possible makeup or printing errors.
Farmer loading potatoes (ddr-densho-37-84)
img Farmer loading potatoes (ddr-densho-37-84)
Original WRA caption: An evacuee farmer ready to put a sack of newly dug potatoes on the truck at the farm at this relocation center.
Camp kitchen crew (ddr-densho-37-619)
img Camp kitchen crew (ddr-densho-37-619)
Original WRA caption: Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas. The Block 7 kitchen crew pauses for a picture in the early afternoon.
Japanese Americans making tofu (ddr-densho-37-156)
img Japanese Americans making tofu (ddr-densho-37-156)
Original WRA caption: The cooked beans are poured into a fine-meshed sack and water is added. Squeezing the sack the fiberous substance is held back and the rest of the precipitate is squeezed into a barrel. Into this strained mash or curd, brine is added to cause it to precipitate. This factory is operated by the ...
Harvesting mustard (ddr-densho-37-528)
img Harvesting mustard (ddr-densho-37-528)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Residents of the Rohwer Relocation Center harvest a truck load of mustard on the extensive acreage they have helped cultivate near-by.
Japanese Americans sorting tomatoes (ddr-densho-37-713)
img Japanese Americans sorting tomatoes (ddr-densho-37-713)
Original WRA caption: A crew of evacuee women sorts tomatoes at the edge of a field which was covered with sagebrush six months before. Because of frequent outcroppings of lava the fields on the project farm are small.
Camp store (ddr-densho-37-359)
img Camp store (ddr-densho-37-359)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. A view showing the recently completed Store Number 2 at this War Relocation Authority center.
Camp beauty shop workers (ddr-densho-37-686)
img Camp beauty shop workers (ddr-densho-37-686)
Original WRA caption: High school girls working part time in beauty shop, which is operated by the Minidoka Consumers Cooperative.
Japanese Americans cutting timber (ddr-densho-37-549)
img Japanese Americans cutting timber (ddr-densho-37-549)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Much of the timber cleared from reclaimed farm lands is used for fuel to heat barracks homes. Cutting and chopping is done by volunteer workers enlisted by block managers, to provide fuel for each individual block. Each capable resident is expected to contribute his share of time to ...
Japanese American working on camp newspaper (ddr-densho-37-461)
img Japanese American working on camp newspaper (ddr-densho-37-461)
Original WRA caption: Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Heart Mountain, Wyoming. In the press room of the Cody Enterprise, Bill Hosokawa, Editor of the Sentinel, Heart Mountain Relocation newspaper, pulls a galley proof. Aside from being editor of the paper, Bill, on press night, sets type, prepares makeup, locks forms, and performs all the tasks pertinent to ...
Japanese Americans harvesting spinach (ddr-densho-37-317)
img Japanese Americans harvesting spinach (ddr-densho-37-317)
Original WRA caption: An evacuee is shown with a crate of spinach. His smile seems to show that he is proud of the high quality of his crop.
Japanese Americans harvesting corn (ddr-densho-37-711)
img Japanese Americans harvesting corn (ddr-densho-37-711)
Original WRA caption: Harvesting the first corn crop at the Minidoka Relocation Center from fields which were covered with sagebrush last spring. Note the sleeves and the cloth and head cloth work by the evacuee woman on the left to protect her from the sun.
Shoe repair shop (ddr-densho-37-148)
img Shoe repair shop (ddr-densho-37-148)
Original WRA caption: All shoe repair work for the entire colony is done in this shop which is under the Tule Lake Co-operative Enterprise, Inc.
Construction of an irrigation gate (ddr-densho-37-566)
img Construction of an irrigation gate (ddr-densho-37-566)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Vocational training class in farm construction gets some real action at the Topaz Relocation Center. Picture shows them getting practical class work in construction of irrigation gate.
Japanese Americans cutting seed potatoes (ddr-densho-37-353)
img Japanese Americans cutting seed potatoes (ddr-densho-37-353)
Original WRA caption: Seed potato cutting at the cutting sheds of the Tule Lake Relocation Center farm. 7,500 sacks of potatoes will be cut by 48 workers in 2-1/2 weeks. This will be enough seeds to plant the 600 acres.
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