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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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 84, No. 17 (May 6, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-17)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 84, No. 17 (May 6, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-17)
Selected article titles: "70 Co-Sponsor Mineta Bill for Retirement Credit" (p.1, 5), "Tuition Bill at Critical Stage" *p.1), "Guayule Rubber Developed by Evacuees" (p.2, 7), "Noguchi's 'Skygate'" (p.3).
Frank Emi Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1002-9-4)
vh Frank Emi Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1002-9-4)
Working in camp

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 surrounding the resistance ...

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 24 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-24)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 24 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-24)
Working to harvest produce grown in Heart Mountain's agricultural program
Akio Hoshino Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-26-9)
vh Akio Hoshino Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-26-9)
Minidoka concentration camp: social life, work, impact of incarceration on families
Jim Akutsu Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-2-26)
vh Jim Akutsu Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-2-26)
Working on the border post crew and as an engineer in Minidoka concentration camp

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

Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 49 (ddr-densho-1000-12-49)
vh Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 49 (ddr-densho-1000-12-49)
Daily life in Tule Lake concentration camp: housework, social visits, jobs
Kay Matsuoka Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-48-34)
vh Kay Matsuoka Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-48-34)
Staying busy in camp, carpentry, gardening, and teaching dressmaking
Notice of Assignment (ddr-densho-387-4)
doc Notice of Assignment (ddr-densho-387-4)
Notice of Assignment for Yotsu Iwata to work as waitress
Camp lumber yard (ddr-densho-37-615)
img Camp lumber yard (ddr-densho-37-615)
Original WRA caption: Closing of the Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas. The Jerome Center lumber yard. Much of this lumber was cut at the center's sawmill which the evacuees operated. The remaining piles are being moved to other centers where needed. In the foreground is the scrap pile from which the residents fashioned most of ...
Japanese American blacksmiths (ddr-densho-37-175)
img Japanese American blacksmiths (ddr-densho-37-175)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Evacuee blacksmiths do all the blacksmith work necessary in the garage at this relocation center.
Japanese Americans transplanting trees (ddr-densho-37-569)
img Japanese Americans transplanting trees (ddr-densho-37-569)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Transplanting trees from existing farms to the hospital area at the Topaz Relocation Center.
Japanese Americans working in a field (ddr-densho-37-709)
img Japanese Americans working in a field (ddr-densho-37-709)
Original WRA caption: Junior High School boys and girls of Hunt pull onions on the project farm during harvest vacation.
Japanese Americans distributing scrap lumber (ddr-densho-37-360)
img Japanese Americans distributing scrap lumber (ddr-densho-37-360)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Evacuees distribute scrap lumber to each block. This scrap will be used by the residents to construct furniture for their apartments and also for firewood.
Japanese Americans harvesting potatoes (ddr-densho-37-88)
img Japanese Americans harvesting potatoes (ddr-densho-37-88)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Evacuee farmers at this relocation center filling sacks with newly dug potatoes.
Japanese American preparing lunch (ddr-densho-37-330)
img Japanese American preparing lunch (ddr-densho-37-330)
Original WRA caption: Dave K. Yoshida, from Seattle, Washington former Chef for Benjamin Franklin Hotel. Kitchen crew preparing lunch. Menu: Baked macaroni with Spanish sauce, spinach, pickled beets, bread-pudding, tea, bread & butter.
Japanese American working on farm (ddr-densho-37-780)
img Japanese American working on farm (ddr-densho-37-780)
Original WRA caption: Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. Irrigating thinned lettuce on the project farm.
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