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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Japanese Americans clearing land (ddr-densho-37-832)
img Japanese Americans clearing land (ddr-densho-37-832)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Farm workers felling a big Arkansas Red Oak, in the process of clearing reclaimed Arkansas Iand for agricultural purposes. Workers, for this and other center farm activities, are recruited from residents, former west coast persons of Japanese ancestry.
Japanese American plumber (ddr-densho-37-540)
img Japanese American plumber (ddr-densho-37-540)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Morio Higashi, a former California plumber, marks out a steel casting for welding. The maintenance of center plumbing, electrical and water supply facilities are carried on by qualified workers selected from center residents, former west coast persons of Japanese ancestry.
Japanese Americans sorting turnips (ddr-densho-37-315)
img Japanese Americans sorting turnips (ddr-densho-37-315)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Evacuee workers in the packing shed, sorting and packing turnips which have been grown on the farm near this relocation center.
Japanese Americans harvesting onions (ddr-densho-37-714)
img Japanese Americans harvesting onions (ddr-densho-37-714)
Original WRA caption: High school boys and girls pull onions on the project farm during harvest vacation.
Japanese Americans making tofu (ddr-densho-37-153)
img Japanese Americans making tofu (ddr-densho-37-153)
Original WRA caption: Note: The markings on the blackboard, upper right, show the Japanese way of counting in fives to show number of buckets of beans processed. The bucket on the lower right contains soy beans which are soaked over night and then poured into this centrifugal "masher" which revolves at comparatively high speed. The white, ...
Japanese American in a field (ddr-densho-37-730)
img Japanese American in a field (ddr-densho-37-730)
Original WRA caption: Mr. Kamaya examining plants, soy bean field.
Japanese American farmer (ddr-densho-37-378)
img Japanese American farmer (ddr-densho-37-378)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Project farmer with carrots.
Japanese Americans harvesting spinach (ddr-densho-37-779)
img Japanese Americans harvesting spinach (ddr-densho-37-779)
Original WRA caption: Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. Harvesting the first spinach from the project farm.
Coal crew (ddr-densho-37-700)
img Coal crew (ddr-densho-37-700)
Original WRA caption: Half of special coal crew which trucked --- tons of coal five miles from Hunt siding to Minidoka Relocation Center in --- months. One crew worked nights and the other days.
Fire station (ddr-densho-37-35)
img Fire station (ddr-densho-37-35)
Each camp had its own fire station staffed by volunteers.
Inspection of farm machinery (ddr-densho-37-598)
img Inspection of farm machinery (ddr-densho-37-598)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. Property officer checking farm machinery prior to disposal to the Treasury Department. On September 15, two weeks before the Canal Camp at Rivers, Arizona, was to close, only 635 people remained and 370 of these had bus or train reservations for the following week (the Canal Camp ...
Camp soap factory (ddr-densho-37-610)
img Camp soap factory (ddr-densho-37-610)
Original WRA caption: Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas. At the Jerome Relocation Center, where some 8,000 west coast residents of Japanese ancestry now reside, Mr. K. Oyama, former California cosmetics manufacturer, set up a soap factory in a corner of a school block laundry, rendering the waste meat fats from the center kitchens. This factory has ...
Carrot field (ddr-densho-37-138)
img Carrot field (ddr-densho-37-138)
Original WRA caption: Katsugoro Kawase's carrot field at Tule Lake Farm 1944 which ran approximately twenty-two (22) tons to an acre.
Japanese Americans making tofu (ddr-densho-37-157)
img Japanese Americans making tofu (ddr-densho-37-157)
Original WRA caption: This product called "Age" is made from the bean curd. This is shown in the picture. The curd is fried in deep soy-bean fat until browned. This factory is operated by the Co-op.
Camp farm workers having lunch (ddr-densho-37-368)
img Camp farm workers having lunch (ddr-densho-37-368)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. A view in the lunch shed at the farm. Trucks from the kitchens bring hot lunches to the workers.
Japanese Americans making furniture (ddr-densho-37-622)
img Japanese Americans making furniture (ddr-densho-37-622)
Original WRA caption: Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas. Two workmen, in the cabinet shop, constructing furnitrure for school and center office use, operating a planer.
Dentist's office (ddr-densho-39-4)
img Dentist's office (ddr-densho-39-4)
Original museum description: Photograph, black and white glossy of a dentist's infirmary at Minidoka internment camp. The dentist is working on a man's teeth while three women (one shows only her hair) are working in the back. (Info from original museum description)
Japanese Americans working in a wood shop (ddr-densho-39-41)
img Japanese Americans working in a wood shop (ddr-densho-39-41)
Original museum description: Photograph, snapshot size, black and white glossy of three men working at a wood shop at the Minidoka, Idaho camp. They are making wooden trucks. (Info from original museum description)
Japanese American welding (ddr-densho-39-7)
img Japanese American welding (ddr-densho-39-7)
Original museum description: Photograph, black and white glossy taken at Minidoka internment camp. Shows man welding in a shop. Information attached to the back says it is an adult education class in welding. (Info from original museum description)
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