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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Hair salon (ddr-densho-37-149)
img Hair salon (ddr-densho-37-149)
Original WRA caption: This beauty parlour is operated by the Tule Lake Co-operative Enterprise, Inc. Patrons are charged a nominal fee.
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.
Japanese American farmers eating lunch (ddr-densho-37-363)
img Japanese American farmers eating lunch (ddr-densho-37-363)
Original WRA caption: A view in the lunch shed at the farm. Trucks from the kitchens bring hot lunches to the workers.
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 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.
Fire station (ddr-densho-37-35)
img Fire station (ddr-densho-37-35)
Each camp had its own fire station staffed by volunteers.
Japanese American feeding dairy calves (ddr-densho-37-602)
img Japanese American feeding dairy calves (ddr-densho-37-602)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. Y.T. Sakoda, former vegetable worker from Guadalupe, California, is now enrolled in the dairy school, here. He is shown feeding calves.
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 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.
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)
Camp farm field (ddr-densho-39-33)
img Camp farm field (ddr-densho-39-33)
Original museum description: Photograph, black and white glossy of a field outside Minidoka internment camp being plowed by two Fordson-Ferguson tractors, chicken farm is on left and landmark water tower in center. (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)
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).
Help wanted signs (ddr-densho-93-47)
img Help wanted signs (ddr-densho-93-47)
Original Ansel Adams caption: Phil Hara relocation: in charge of work-offer signs / photograph by Ansel Adams.
Japanese American with harvested squash (ddr-densho-93-35)
img Japanese American with harvested squash (ddr-densho-93-35)
Original Ansel Adams caption: Benji Iguchi with squash, Manzanar Relocation Center / photograph by Ansel Adams.
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).
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