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 working with guayule plants (ddr-densho-151-380)
img Japanese Americans working with guayule plants (ddr-densho-151-380)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Guayule beds in the lath house at the Manzanar Relocation Center.
Japanese Americans working in field (ddr-densho-151-391)
img Japanese Americans working in field (ddr-densho-151-391)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Field laborers hoeing corn on the farm project at this War Relocation Authority center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1002-2-8)
vh Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1002-2-8)
Working for a ditch repair crew in Minidoka

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 ...

Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1002-4-9)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1002-4-9)
Working in camp as a carpenter, then in the hospital

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, ...

Jimi Yamaichi Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-106-9)
vh Jimi Yamaichi Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-106-9)
Running into German POWs in Grand Junction, Colorado while on work crew
May Y. Namba Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-171-18)
vh May Y. Namba Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-171-18)
Finding work in camp: teacher's assistant, administration office
Jim Akutsu Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-2-27)
vh Jim Akutsu Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-2-27)
Jobs in Minidoka concentration camp: border post crew, engineer; being stop-listed by camp administrators

Interview was conducted over two days because of delays caused by technical difficulties.

Notice of Assignment (ddr-densho-387-3)
doc Notice of Assignment (ddr-densho-387-3)
Notice of Assignment for Yotsu Iwata to work in Kitchen
Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-44)
doc Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-44)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including social and cultural differences, personality conflicts, friendships, social interactions, school, dogs, memories, reflections on camp life, weather, a friend in the military visiting his parents in camp, hobbies, and opinions about other people and daily life. Each entry ...
Cooperatively owned canteen (ddr-csujad-26-130)
img Cooperatively owned canteen (ddr-csujad-26-130)
Photo of people working and shopping inside a canteen. Goods are seen divided by type. Verso reads "cooperatively owned canteen." From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_05_100
Obstetric at the camp hospital (ddr-csujad-26-128)
img Obstetric at the camp hospital (ddr-csujad-26-128)
An obstetric nurse holds a baby. Verso reads, "Obstetric at the camp hospital." From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_05_098
Messhalls in Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-26-23)
doc Messhalls in Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-26-23)
Report describing the mess halls of Tule Lake including: administrative organization, operations, personnel, duties, conflicts, wages, food procurement and distribution, food preparation, schedules, sample menus, dietary accommodations, food rationing and shortages, seating capacity, seating arrangements and systems, utensils, and incarceree attendance. The report analyzes workers and incarceree behaviors, status, mental faculties, disposition, religion, age, and gender. ...
George Masumi Sakai (ddr-csujad-8-95)
doc George Masumi Sakai (ddr-csujad-8-95)
Oral history interview with George Masumi Sakai. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Sakai, George Masumi
Tom Toshimi Shimasaki (ddr-csujad-8-63)
doc Tom Toshimi Shimasaki (ddr-csujad-8-63)
Oral history interview with Toshimi Tom Shimasaki. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Shimasaki, Tom Toshimi
Takano Okajima (ddr-csujad-8-56)
doc Takano Okajima (ddr-csujad-8-56)
Oral history interview with Takano Okajima. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Okajima, Takano
Mr. and Mrs. Minoru Masumoto (ddr-csujad-8-36)
doc Mr. and Mrs. Minoru Masumoto (ddr-csujad-8-36)
Oral history interview with Minoru Masumoto. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Masumoto, Mr and Mrs Minoru
Letter from R. R. Best, Project Director, and Lionel Perkins, Business Enterprises Adviser United States Department of the Interior War Relocation Authority to Mr. Ivan Williams Department of Justice, December 5, 1945 (ddr-csujad-12-24)
doc Letter from R. R. Best, Project Director, and Lionel Perkins, Business Enterprises Adviser United States Department of the Interior War Relocation Authority to Mr. Ivan Williams Department of Justice, December 5, 1945 (ddr-csujad-12-24)
This official correspondence confirms that Tsugitada Kanamori had worked at the Tule Lake incarceration camp for 6.5 months and had earned a total of $131.86 as of November 30, 1945. Issued by R.R. Best, Project Director and Lionel Perkins, Business Enterprises Adviser United States Department of the Interior War Relocation Authority. See this object in the ...
Memo from Co-ordinating Committee to Chief of Police Schmidt [Willard E. Schmidt], February 3, 1944 (ddr-csujad-2-72)
doc Memo from Co-ordinating Committee to Chief of Police Schmidt [Willard E. Schmidt], February 3, 1944 (ddr-csujad-2-72)
Calls for special meeting of the Project Director, Advisory Council, and Co-ordinating Committee to discuss Committee recommendations, and refers to four attached memoranda, each from Co-ordinating Committee 1608-A to R. [Raymond] R. Best, Project Director, dated February 2, 1944 and written by Byron Akitsuki, Executive Secretary. Subjects of the memoranda are: Receipt of Red Cross Gift ...
[Minutes of the special joint meeting of the advisory council and the Co-ordinating committee of the Tule Lake Center, March 3, 1944, January 24, 1944] (ddr-csujad-2-31)
doc [Minutes of the special joint meeting of the advisory council and the Co-ordinating committee of the Tule Lake Center, March 3, 1944, January 24, 1944] (ddr-csujad-2-31)
Meeting minutes between incarceree led Tule Lake Camp government and the Advisory Council. Primarily a discussion of employment-related concerns including creating a subcommittees for employment and fair practices. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sjs_sch_0031
Memo from Harry L. Black, Advisory Committee, to Mr. [Raymond R.] Best, February 8, 1944 (ddr-csujad-2-91)
doc Memo from Harry L. Black, Advisory Committee, to Mr. [Raymond R.] Best, February 8, 1944 (ddr-csujad-2-91)
Memorandum regarding meeting with Co-ordinating Committee. Concerns meeting to discuss Committee's recommendation to release "18 additional detainees from the stockade." The memo on "Executive Office of the President, Office for Emergency Management" letterhead, also discusses employment of incarcerees from Manzanar and Tule Lake and moving incarcerees out of and into various housing blocks. See this object ...
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