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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Manzanar From Inside Out (ddr-csujad-19-2)
doc Manzanar From Inside Out (ddr-csujad-19-2)
Text of address by Roy Nash, Director of the Manzanar War Relocation Project, given to the Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco, on July 31, 1942 for the purpose of "interpret[ing] the actuality of a War Relocation Center housing 10,000 evacuees" in view of perceptions of mistreatment of incarcerees in California. Sections of the speech include ...
Memo from Co-ordinating Committee to Mr. W. [Willard E.] Schmidt, Chief of Administrative Police, March 24, 1944 (ddr-csujad-2-69)
doc Memo from Co-ordinating Committee to Mr. W. [Willard E.] Schmidt, Chief of Administrative Police, March 24, 1944 (ddr-csujad-2-69)
Memo regarding new list of fielders. Presents list of active, terminated, and new fielders and messengers of the committee, including dates of entry and termination. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sjs_sch_0069
[Minutes of the special meeting of the divisional heads of the Tule Lake Center, January 12, 1944] (ddr-csujad-2-33)
doc [Minutes of the special meeting of the divisional heads of the Tule Lake Center, January 12, 1944] (ddr-csujad-2-33)
Meeting minutes of incarceree led Tule Lake Camp government. Discusses plans for incarcerees to go back to work toward the end of the martial law period in the camp, a hunger strike, and the official formation of the Co-ordinating Committee. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sjs_sch_0033
[Minutes of the meeting of the Co-ordinating Committee and the Project Director and Colonel Austin, January 10, 1944] (ddr-csujad-2-32)
doc [Minutes of the meeting of the Co-ordinating Committee and the Project Director and Colonel Austin, January 10, 1944] (ddr-csujad-2-32)
Meeting minutes between incarceree-led Tule Lake Camp government and Camp Director Raymond Best and Commander of Military Police Colonel Verne Austin. Discusses farm worker unrest and release of prisoners from army stockades. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sjs_sch_0032
Gene Hamaguchi interview (ddr-csujad-6-3)
doc Gene Hamaguchi interview (ddr-csujad-6-3)
Oral history interview with Gene Hamaguchi See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_HAMAGUCHI_GENE
Four technicians and a blood-test patient in hospital laboratory at Granada incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-14-47)
img Four technicians and a blood-test patient in hospital laboratory at Granada incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-14-47)
Four technicians and a blood-test patient in hospital laboratory at Granada incarceration camp. December 12, 1942. Photo by Tom Parker. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_TOMO_f12
Chic Yamaguchi, former farm worker from Kingsburg, California (ddr-csujad-14-2)
img Chic Yamaguchi, former farm worker from Kingsburg, California (ddr-csujad-14-2)
Chic Yamaguchi, former farm worker from Kingsburg, California, turning a section from a model ship on lathe in model ship factory at Gila River incarceration camp. April 27, 1943. Photo by Francis Stewart. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_TOMO_002
Former Californian K. Inoye operates hand saw (ddr-csujad-14-17)
img Former Californian K. Inoye operates hand saw (ddr-csujad-14-17)
Former Californian K. Inoye operates hand saw in cabinet shop at Jerome incarceration camp. March 12, 1943. Photo by Tom Parker. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_TOMO_017
Nisei machinist preparing a truck axle in machine shop at Heart Mountain incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-14-11)
img Nisei machinist preparing a truck axle in machine shop at Heart Mountain incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-14-11)
Nisei machinist preparing a truck axle in machine shop at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. January 9, 1943. Photo by Tom Parker. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_TOMO_011
The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-3)
img The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-3)
The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator, the weekly newspaper of the Minidoka concentration camp, outside the paper's office. The Minidoka Irrigator, a weekly paper, ran from September 10, 1942, through July 28, 1945, and contained news about the camp and of the war when Nisei began enlisting. Japanese Americans with a background in journalism worked on ...
The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-4)
img The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-4)
People of various ages worked on the Minidoka Irrigator, the newspaper of the Minidoka concentration camp. Issei were in charge of writing the Japanese section of the newspaper, for those who did not understand English. The Nisei concentrated on stories in English. Front (left to right): Kimi Tambara, Cherry Tanaka, and Mitsu Yasuda. Middle: Miyuki Inouye ...
Japanese Americans playing cards at the fire station (ddr-densho-15-59)
img Japanese Americans playing cards at the fire station (ddr-densho-15-59)
This is the interior of Fire Station Number 1. Left to right: (first name unknown) Hikida, unidentified, Yoshio Akada, and Mr. Sano. The fire station was one of the few buildings with a refrigerator. Mr. Sano owned the bathhouse underneath the Panama Hotel in Seattle, Washington, before World War II.
Hospital pharmacy (ddr-densho-15-87)
img Hospital pharmacy (ddr-densho-15-87)
Mr. Izui (left) and a colleague inside the hospital pharmacy.
Japanese Americans picking vegetables (ddr-densho-15-80)
img Japanese Americans picking vegetables (ddr-densho-15-80)
This farm may have belonged to a local Japanese American farmer.
Raising cucumbers (ddr-densho-37-161)
img Raising cucumbers (ddr-densho-37-161)
Chemicals were used to grow the cucumbers shown here.
Japanese American farmers digging potatoes (ddr-densho-37-87)
img Japanese American farmers digging potatoes (ddr-densho-37-87)
Original WRA caption: Evacuee farmers at this relocation center filling sacks with newly dug potatoes.
Japanese Americans clearing land (ddr-densho-37-705)
img Japanese Americans clearing land (ddr-densho-37-705)
Original WRA caption: A tractor draw harrow prepares the soil of a new field cleared out of sagebrush adjacent to the Minidoka Relocation Center.
Japanese Americans harvesting corn (ddr-densho-37-708)
img Japanese Americans harvesting corn (ddr-densho-37-708)
Original WRA caption: Harvesting the first corn crop at the Minidoka Relocation Center from fields which were covered with sagebrush last spring.
Japanese Americans harvesting spinach (ddr-densho-37-599)
img Japanese Americans harvesting spinach (ddr-densho-37-599)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. Evacuee farmers harvesting spinach at this relocation center.
Camp hospital (ddr-densho-37-37)
img Camp hospital (ddr-densho-37-37)
Original WRA caption: High school students working part time as nurses' aides in the hospital and as orderlies.
Japanese Americans unloading supplies (ddr-densho-37-535)
img Japanese Americans unloading supplies (ddr-densho-37-535)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Volunteer crews unloading supplies on a railroad siding for transportation to the warehouse at this relocation center.
Japanese Americans harvesting cabbages (ddr-densho-37-807)
img Japanese Americans harvesting cabbages (ddr-densho-37-807)
Original WRA caption: Jerome Relocation Center, Dermott, Arkansas. Cutting cabbages which have been left for winter harvest.
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