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-10-3)
img The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-3)
The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator, the weekly newspaper of the Minidoka concentration camp, outside the paper's office. The Minidoka Irrigator, a weekly paper, ran from September 10, 1942, through July 28, 1945, and contained news about the camp and of the war when Nisei began enlisting. Japanese Americans with a background in journalism worked on ...
The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-4)
img The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-4)
People of various ages worked on the Minidoka Irrigator, the newspaper of the Minidoka concentration camp. Issei were in charge of writing the Japanese section of the newspaper, for those who did not understand English. The Nisei concentrated on stories in English. Front (left to right): Kimi Tambara, Cherry Tanaka, and Mitsu Yasuda. Middle: Miyuki Inouye ...
Japanese Americans playing cards at the fire station (ddr-densho-15-59)
img Japanese Americans playing cards at the fire station (ddr-densho-15-59)
This is the interior of Fire Station Number 1. Left to right: (first name unknown) Hikida, unidentified, Yoshio Akada, and Mr. Sano. The fire station was one of the few buildings with a refrigerator. Mr. Sano owned the bathhouse underneath the Panama Hotel in Seattle, Washington, before World War II.
Hospital pharmacy (ddr-densho-15-87)
img Hospital pharmacy (ddr-densho-15-87)
Mr. Izui (left) and a colleague inside the hospital pharmacy.
Japanese Americans picking vegetables (ddr-densho-15-80)
img Japanese Americans picking vegetables (ddr-densho-15-80)
This farm may have belonged to a local Japanese American farmer.
Raising cucumbers (ddr-densho-37-161)
img Raising cucumbers (ddr-densho-37-161)
Chemicals were used to grow the cucumbers shown here.
Japanese American farmers digging potatoes (ddr-densho-37-87)
img Japanese American farmers digging potatoes (ddr-densho-37-87)
Original WRA caption: Evacuee farmers at this relocation center filling sacks with newly dug potatoes.
Japanese Americans clearing land (ddr-densho-37-705)
img Japanese Americans clearing land (ddr-densho-37-705)
Original WRA caption: A tractor draw harrow prepares the soil of a new field cleared out of sagebrush adjacent to the Minidoka Relocation Center.
Japanese Americans harvesting corn (ddr-densho-37-708)
img Japanese Americans harvesting corn (ddr-densho-37-708)
Original WRA caption: Harvesting the first corn crop at the Minidoka Relocation Center from fields which were covered with sagebrush last spring.
Japanese Americans harvesting spinach (ddr-densho-37-599)
img Japanese Americans harvesting spinach (ddr-densho-37-599)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. Evacuee farmers harvesting spinach at this relocation center.
Camp hospital (ddr-densho-37-37)
img Camp hospital (ddr-densho-37-37)
Original WRA caption: High school students working part time as nurses' aides in the hospital and as orderlies.
Japanese Americans unloading supplies (ddr-densho-37-535)
img Japanese Americans unloading supplies (ddr-densho-37-535)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Volunteer crews unloading supplies on a railroad siding for transportation to the warehouse at this relocation center.
Japanese Americans harvesting cabbages (ddr-densho-37-807)
img Japanese Americans harvesting cabbages (ddr-densho-37-807)
Original WRA caption: Jerome Relocation Center, Dermott, Arkansas. Cutting cabbages which have been left for winter harvest.
Japanese Americans plowing a field (ddr-densho-37-704)
img Japanese Americans plowing a field (ddr-densho-37-704)
Original WRA caption: A tractor drawn disk breaks up soil of a new farm field from the sagebrush adjacent to the Minidoka Relocation Center.
Japanese American farm workers (ddr-densho-37-379)
img Japanese American farm workers (ddr-densho-37-379)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. 10:30 A.M. farm workers' siesta.
Two Japanese American farmers (ddr-densho-37-85)
img Two Japanese American farmers (ddr-densho-37-85)
Original WRA caption: Two women of Japanese ancestry pause from their potatoe harvesting to pose for this picture.
Japanese American carpenter (ddr-densho-37-383)
img Japanese American carpenter (ddr-densho-37-383)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Cabinet worker's saw is expertly used by Jime Kabayashi, 62, on the interior construction of general store Number 2 at this War Relocation Authority center for evacuees of Japanese descent. Jime, prior to evacuation, had resided in Sacramento for 24 years and has been a carpenter for ...
Medical examination (ddr-densho-37-627)
img Medical examination (ddr-densho-37-627)
Original WRA caption: Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas. A former Californian, Doctor Fugikawa, examining a patient, S. Ego, in the center hospital fluroscope.
Japanese American blacksmith (ddr-densho-37-176)
img Japanese American blacksmith (ddr-densho-37-176)
Original WRA caption: Evacuee blacksmiths do all the blacksmith work necessary in the garage, at this relocation center.
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