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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Frank Emi Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1002-9-4)
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Working in camp

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on issues surrounding the …

Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1002-2-8)
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Working for a ditch repair crew in Minidoka

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily …

Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1002-2-13)
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Working in the Minidoka fire department

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on …

Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1002-4-9)
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Working in camp as a carpenter, then in the hospital

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, …

Harry Ueno Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1002-7-13)
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Working in the camp mess hall: making do when certain foods are in short supply

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection …

Harry Ueno Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1002-7-11)
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Working in camp: clearing sagebrush, then applying to work in mess hall

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not …

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 26 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-26)
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Opening eyes with Heart Mountain's highly successful agricultural program
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 23 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-23)
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Description of the camp agricultural program: growing Japanese vegetables for camp consumption
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 22 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-22)
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Working with farmers from different regions to develop concentration camp farm system
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 21 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-21)
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Moving to Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming; eventually working for the agricultural department
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 24 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-24)
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Working to harvest produce grown in Heart Mountain's agricultural program
Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 11 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-11)
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Working as a buyer for camp co-op store

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

May Y. Namba Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-171-18)
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Finding work in camp: teacher's assistant, administration office
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 49 (ddr-densho-1000-12-49)
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Daily life in Tule Lake concentration camp: housework, social visits, jobs
Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 45 (ddr-densho-1000-153-45)
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Moving to permanent camp in Jerome, Arkansas; working as the storekeeper for the food warehouse

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of his life experiences are similar to those who …

Kay Matsuoka Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-48-34)
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Staying busy in camp, carpentry, gardening, and teaching dressmaking
Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-138-7)
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Gaining valuable experience working as a male attendant in the camp hospital

William Toshio Yasutake was interviewed together with his sister Mitsuye (Yasutake) Yamada and surviving brother, Joseph Yasutake, in group sessions on October 8-9, 2002. He was interviewed individually on November 14, 2002.

Before being contacted by Densho, the Yasutake siblings had planned to conduct …

Jimi Yamaichi Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-106-9)
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Running into German POWs in Grand Junction, Colorado while on work crew
Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-92-20)
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Working as a warehouse foreman, accused of selling goods on the black-market

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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