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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Farmers loading truck (ddr-densho-37-83)
img Farmers loading truck (ddr-densho-37-83)
Original WRA caption: Evacuee farmers loading a truck with recently dug potatoes at the farm at this relocation center.
Japanese Americans harvesting spinach (ddr-densho-37-316)
img Japanese Americans harvesting spinach (ddr-densho-37-316)
Original WRA caption: Trucking crated spinach from the fields to the packing shed. All vegetables which are not needed here are washed, iced and crated and sent to other relocation centers.
Japanese American clearing land (ddr-densho-37-707)
img Japanese American clearing land (ddr-densho-37-707)
Original WRA caption: An evacuee drives a heavy tractor pulling a triangle of heavy railroad irons breaking off sagebrush. This is one of the methods of clearing off land of the sagebrush adjacent to the Minidoka Relocation Center.
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 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.
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 American workers waiting in line (ddr-densho-37-421)
img Japanese American workers waiting in line (ddr-densho-37-421)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. A line up of evacuee workers waiting for their identification tags which are to be used in conjunction with the first pay day at this War Relocation Authority Center.
Japanese American butcher (ddr-densho-37-531)
img Japanese American butcher (ddr-densho-37-531)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Sam Takeda, a former west coast butcher, cutting a beef quarter in the refrigeration room at the Rohwer Center. With meat rationing strictly adhered to, only experienced butchers are employed in distributing the limited meat supply to mess hall kitchens. They are recurited from center residents, former west …
Camp hog farm (ddr-densho-37-834)
img Camp hog farm (ddr-densho-37-834)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. A close up of hogs feeding at the temporary location of the hog farm at this center.
Japanese Americans harvesting beans (ddr-densho-37-38)
img Japanese Americans harvesting beans (ddr-densho-37-38)
Original WRA caption: Harvesting pole beans in a field adjacent to the Minidoka Relocation Center.
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 American cooking (ddr-densho-37-593)
img Japanese American cooking (ddr-densho-37-593)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. Student Mary Sakai, former resident of Stockton, California, is shown putting sliced carrots in a double boiler in preparation for the drying process.
Japanese Americans unloading coal (ddr-densho-37-385)
img Japanese Americans unloading coal (ddr-densho-37-385)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Evacuee workers unload coal at Staley Junction, which is the rail head for this center. This coal is used by the residents during the extremely cold winters which northern California offers.
Hog farm (ddr-densho-37-42)
img Hog farm (ddr-densho-37-42)
Original WRA caption: A view of the project hog farm.
Japanese American working on camp newspaper (ddr-densho-37-460)
img Japanese American working on camp newspaper (ddr-densho-37-460)
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 Center newspaper, sets type for the final makeup of the weekly edition. Bill, a former foreign correspondent and Washington U. graduate, sets type, pulls proofs, operates the linotype, locks …
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.
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