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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Bill Nishimura Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-119-5)
vh Bill Nishimura Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-119-5)
Daily activities at Poston concentration camp, Arizona

This interview took place at the 2000 Tule Lake Pilgrimage in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Sue K. Embrey Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-6-3)
vh Sue K. Embrey Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-6-3)
Work in Manzanar concentration camp: making camouflage nets, writing for the Free Press

This interview was conducted at the Voices of Japanese American Redress Conference, held on the UCLA campus and sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. Because of the full conference schedule, our ...

Camp newspaper staff (ddr-densho-160-91)
img Camp newspaper staff (ddr-densho-160-91)
This is the Granada Pioneer newspaper staff. The man wearing a hat in the center of the group is the newspaper's editor, Oski Taniwaki.
Field crew foreman (ddr-densho-151-390)
img Field crew foreman (ddr-densho-151-390)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Johnny Fukazawa, foreman of fields Numbers 3, 4, 5, and 6, heading a 20-man field crew on the farm project, says there are many problems they have to solve in their agricultural work at this War Relocation Authority center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
Japanese Americans making camouflage nets (ddr-densho-151-413)
img Japanese Americans making camouflage nets (ddr-densho-151-413)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Making camouflage nets for the War Department. This is one of several War and Navy Department projects carried on by persons of Japanese ancestry in relocation centers.
Japanese American working in lath house (ddr-densho-151-470)
img Japanese American working in lath house (ddr-densho-151-470)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. An evacuee is shown in the lath house sorting seedlings for tranplanting. These plants are year-old seedlings from the Salinas Experiment Station.
Japanese American in field (ddr-densho-151-375)
img Japanese American in field (ddr-densho-151-375)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Ogura Shuichi, born in Pasadena. He attended Pasadena Junior College and was a visiting student at the California Institute of Technology. He is now working as a plant statistician for the guayule rubber experiment project at this War Relocation Authority center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
Japanese American working in lath house (ddr-densho-151-379)
img Japanese American working in lath house (ddr-densho-151-379)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Guayule beds in the lath house at the Manzanar Relocation Center.
Japanese Americans tending crops (ddr-densho-151-35)
img Japanese Americans tending crops (ddr-densho-151-35)
Original WRA caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry are growing flourishing truck crops for their own use in their "hobby gardens." These crops are grown in plots 10 x 50 feet between blocks of barrack at this War Relocation Authority Center.
Japanese American workers digging a ditch (ddr-densho-151-342)
img Japanese American workers digging a ditch (ddr-densho-151-342)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Maintenance work, repair and construction is done by volunteer evacuee workers. The wages are $8.00 per month for 48 hours per week. This gang of boys and young men are digging a drainage tank along the front of one of the barracks.
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 35 (August 31, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-83)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 35 (August 31, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-83)
Selected article titles: "Less Work: Tule to Go on 40-Hour Work Week from Sept. 9" (p. 1), "Ration-Free Shoes May Be Available" (p. 1), "Return of Evacuees Topic of Renton, Wash. Meeting" (p. 3), and "Survey Shows Many Tuleans Now in Sacramento Area" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 11 (May 11, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-17)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 11 (May 11, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-17)
Selected article titles: "Segregation: 1000 from Jerome, Rohwer Expected Over Weekend" (pp. 1-2), "Spanish Delegate to Visit Japanese Nationals Here" (p. 1), and "CA Contacting Other Centers to Obtain Japanese Movies" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 26 (August 24, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-32)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 26 (August 24, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-32)
Selected article titles: "Public Assistance Grants: Evacuees Refusing Work Ineligible for Grants" (p. 1), "Census Reveals 79,484 Living in 9 Centers" (p. 1), and "Oversea Parcels: Rules Given for Sending Soldiers Christmas Mail" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 15 (June 8, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-22)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 15 (June 8, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-22)
Selected article titles: "Voluntary Terminations Asked in Families of Two" (p. 2) and "Hayward Assures Ample Supply of Vegetables" (p. 2).
Japanese Americans sewing (ddr-densho-93-7)
img Japanese Americans sewing (ddr-densho-93-7)
Original Ansel Adams caption: Sumiko Shigematsu, foreman of power sewing machine girls, Manzanar Relocation Center, California.
Japanese American making clothing patterns (ddr-densho-93-5)
img Japanese American making clothing patterns (ddr-densho-93-5)
Original Ansel Adams caption: Bert K. Miura (pattern making).
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