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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Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (June 8, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-94)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (June 8, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-94)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (June 8, 1942). Envelope is postmarked June 11, 1942 and addressed from Lillian Nishioka from the Poston (Colorado River) Incarceration Camp in Parker, Arizona.
Letter to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (c. 1942) (ddr-janm-1-95)
doc Letter to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (c. 1942) (ddr-janm-1-95)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (c. 1942) from the Poston (Colorado River) Incarceration Camp in Parker, Arizona.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (July 17, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-16)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (July 17, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-16)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (July 17, 1943). Envelope (addressed "The 'Flea' ") is postmarked July 19, 1943 from the Granada (Amache) Incarceration Camp in Amache, Colorado.
Japanese Americans clearing brush (ddr-densho-151-388)
img Japanese Americans clearing brush (ddr-densho-151-388)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. More land is being cleared of sage brush at the southern end of the project to enlarge this War Relocation Authority center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
Farm crew (ddr-densho-151-389)
img Farm crew (ddr-densho-151-389)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Farm crew of which Johnny Fukazawa is foreman. These men are ready to return to the center's mess hall for lunch after a busy morning in the fields of the farm project at this War Relocation Authority center.
Japanese Americans tending crops (ddr-densho-151-36)
img Japanese Americans tending crops (ddr-densho-151-36)
Original WRA caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuee in her "hobby garden" which rates highest of all the garden plots at this War Relocation Authority center. Vegetables for their own use are grown in plots 10 x 50 feet between rows of barracks.
Japanese American workers resting in shade (ddr-densho-151-343)
img Japanese American workers resting in shade (ddr-densho-151-343)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Time out for some of the boys on the Work Corps. All maintenance work, repair and construction is done by volunteer evacuee workers. The wages are $8.00 per month for 48 hours a week. This gang of boys and young men are digging a drainage tank along one of the barracks.
Japanese Americans gardening (ddr-densho-151-65)
img Japanese Americans gardening (ddr-densho-151-65)
Original WRA caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry are growing flourishing truck crops for their own use in their "hobby gardens". These crops are grown in plots 10 x 50 feet between blocks of barrack at this War Relocation Authority center.
Japanese American examining guayule plants (ddr-densho-151-385)
img Japanese American examining guayule plants (ddr-densho-151-385)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. George J. Yokomizo, hybridizer for the guayule rubber experiment project.
Japanese Americans experimenting with guayule (ddr-densho-151-387)
img Japanese Americans experimenting with guayule (ddr-densho-151-387)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Chemists, nurserymen, and plant propagators at this War Relocation Authority center assemble to witness a new experiment in an attempt to resolve the amount of rubber produced in a small quantity of the guayule plant. Frank Hirosawa, research rubber chemist, is seated in the foreground.
Dillon Myer visiting silk screen shop (ddr-densho-159-119)
img Dillon Myer visiting silk screen shop (ddr-densho-159-119)
Dillon Myer is pictured fourth from left. Second from right is James Lindley, Amache concentration camp project director.
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