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 ...
Kay Matsuoka Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-48-34)
vh Kay Matsuoka Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-48-34)
Staying busy in camp, carpentry, gardening, and teaching dressmaking
Japanese Americans working in lath house (ddr-densho-151-386)
img Japanese Americans working in lath house (ddr-densho-151-386)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. A view of section of the lath house at this War Relocation Authority center where seedling guayule plants are propagated by experienced nurserymen evacuees in the guayule rubber experiment work.
Japanese Americans inspecting guayule plants (ddr-densho-151-381)
img Japanese Americans inspecting guayule plants (ddr-densho-151-381)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Guayule plantings are being inspected by Doctor Robert Emerson, (third from right) a bio-chemist and botanist from the California Institute of Technology and director of the guayule rubber experiment. He is here shown conferring with several of his staff of young evacuee scientists at Plot 4. There are 408 ...
img "Help wanted" sign (ddr-densho-151-229)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. "Help Wanted" sign displayed for newly arrived evacuees. There was much work to be done since the center was opened on the previous day. Three weeks later there were 8,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in this center.
Japanese American holding guayule plant (ddr-densho-151-469)
img Japanese American holding guayule plant (ddr-densho-151-469)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. George J. Yokomizo, hybridizer for the guyaule rubber experment project, outside the lath house with one of the guyale plants from which he hopes to develop seed.
Guayule plants (ddr-densho-151-382)
img Guayule plants (ddr-densho-151-382)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Guayule beds in the lath house at this War Relocation Authority center. These plants are year-old seedlings from the Salinas experiment station which are ready to be transplanted into the open ground.
Japanese Americans clearing land (ddr-densho-151-37)
img Japanese Americans clearing land (ddr-densho-151-37)
Original WRA caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. More land is being cleared of sage brush at the southern end of the project to enlarge this War Relocation Authority center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
Letter  from the Masudas to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-7)
doc Letter from the Masudas to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-7)
Letter on a single sheet of paper, folded into quarters, from the Masudas in Poston.
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.
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 20 (May 18, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-69)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 20 (May 18, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-69)
Selected article titles: "New Acts of Terrorism Are Disclosed by WRA" (p. 2), "Sugar Allotment Cut Announced" (p. 2), "New Steps Assist House Hunters" (p. 3), and "Employment in April Shows Slight Increase" (p. 4). Page 1 of the edition is missing.
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 34 (October 19, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-38)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 34 (October 19, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-38)
Selected article titles: "Report $952.60 Collected in Imonhin Drive" (p. 1), "Fagan Announces WRA Employment Policy" (pp. 1-2), and "Court Denies Ochikubo's Suit Against Military" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 9 (April 27, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-14)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 9 (April 27, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-14)
Selected article titles: "20-25 Group Predominates in Tule Lake" (pp. 1-2), "Voluntary Terminations Aid Employment Policy" (pp. 1-2), and "Danjo Seinenkai Exhibit Attracts Large Crowds" (p. 2).
Co-Op News, Vol II. No. 1 (September 2, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-12)
doc Co-Op News, Vol II. No. 1 (September 2, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-12)
Selected article titles: "V.P. to Act as Chairman" (p. 1), "Rate of Rebate Set 15.14% for 2nd Quarter" (p. 1), "Wool Yarns Expected Soon at Dry Goods Store" (p. 1).
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 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.
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 working on camp water mains (ddr-densho-37-556)
img Japanese Americans working on camp water mains (ddr-densho-37-556)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Young volunteer workers, residents at the Topaz Relocation Center, completing the water mains.
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