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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Collecting coal (ddr-hmwf-1-68)
img Collecting coal (ddr-hmwf-1-68)
"2 men collecting coal with baskets and wagons"
Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-584)
img Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-584)
"Mich request, Dec 1945, Diet Kitchen" as described on back
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (March 25, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-105)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (March 25, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-105)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (March 25, 1943). Envelope is postmarked March 26, 1943 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Japanese Americans making camouflage nets (ddr-densho-151-410)
img Japanese Americans making camouflage nets (ddr-densho-151-410)
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.
Lath house (ddr-densho-151-384)
img Lath house (ddr-densho-151-384)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Exterior view of the lath house of guyaule rubber experiment project in which seedlings are grown under controlled conditions with a staff of 22 workers, under the direction of Walter T. Watanabe. The initial shipment of 100,000 seedlings came from the Salinas Experiment Station. Note decorative desert garden.
Japanese Americans making camouflage nets (ddr-densho-151-411)
img Japanese Americans making camouflage nets (ddr-densho-151-411)
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 Americans working in field (ddr-densho-151-445)
img Japanese Americans working in field (ddr-densho-151-445)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Ichiro Okumura, 22 (left), from Venice, California and Ben Iguchi, 20 from Sangus, California, thin young plants in a two-acre field of white radishes at the relocation center. High sierras are shown in the background.
Japanese Americans making camouflage nets (ddr-densho-151-55)
img Japanese Americans making camouflage nets (ddr-densho-151-55)
Original WRA 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 Americans making camouflage nets (ddr-densho-151-474)
img Japanese Americans making camouflage nets (ddr-densho-151-474)
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.
Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 11 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-11)
vh Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 11 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-11)
Working as a buyer for camp co-op store

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 22 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-22)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 22 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-22)
Working with farmers from different regions to develop concentration camp farm system
Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1002-2-13)
vh Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1002-2-13)
Working in the Minidoka fire department

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on issues ...

Takashi Hoshizaki Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-290-16)
vh Takashi Hoshizaki Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-290-16)
Working in the assembly center mess hall

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Mitsu Fukui Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-140-23)
vh Mitsu Fukui Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-140-23)
Working in Minidoka concentration camp: laundress for the kitchen workers, husband a camp policeman
Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-92-18)
vh Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-92-18)
Recruited to become a mess hall cook at fourteen years old in Poston concentration camp

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-92-19)
vh Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-92-19)
An accident while working in the camp mess hall

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-92-20)
vh Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-92-20)
Working as a warehouse foreman, accused of selling goods on the black-market

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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