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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Cabbage field (ddr-densho-37-48)
img Cabbage field (ddr-densho-37-48)
Original WRA caption: Cabbage field. Many incarceration camps raised livestock such as chickens and pigs, as well as vegetables, for camp consumption.
Japanese Americans working on camp newspaper (ddr-densho-37-465)
img Japanese Americans working on camp newspaper (ddr-densho-37-465)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Evacuee artists who work on the Tulean Dispatch.
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 Americans harvesting beans (ddr-densho-37-38)
img Japanese Americans harvesting beans (ddr-densho-37-38)
Original WRA caption: Harvesting pole beans in a field adjacent to the Minidoka Relocation Center.
Japanese American butcher (ddr-densho-37-531)
img Japanese American butcher (ddr-densho-37-531)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Sam Takeda, a former west coast butcher, cutting a beef quarter in the refrigeration room at the Rohwer Center. With meat rationing strictly adhered to, only experienced butchers are employed in distributing the limited meat supply to mess hall kitchens. They are recurited from center residents, former west ...
Japanese Americans harvesting mustard (ddr-densho-37-408)
img Japanese Americans harvesting mustard (ddr-densho-37-408)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. One of many truck loads of mustard being harvested by the residents of the Rohwer Relocation Center on the land cultivated by the evacuees.
Japanese Americans harvesting spinach (ddr-densho-37-316)
img Japanese Americans harvesting spinach (ddr-densho-37-316)
Original WRA caption: Trucking crated spinach from the fields to the packing shed. All vegetables which are not needed here are washed, iced and crated and sent to other relocation centers.
Japanese American working on camp newspaper (ddr-densho-37-460)
img Japanese American working on camp newspaper (ddr-densho-37-460)
Original WRA caption: Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Heart Mountain Wyoming. In the press room of the Cody Enterprise, Bill Hosokawa, Editor of the Sentinel, Heart Mountain Relocation Center newspaper, sets type for the final makeup of the weekly edition. Bill, a former foreign correspondent and Washington U. graduate, sets type, pulls proofs, operates the linotype, locks ...
Japanese American workers waiting in line (ddr-densho-37-421)
img Japanese American workers waiting in line (ddr-densho-37-421)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. A line up of evacuee workers waiting for their identification tags which are to be used in conjunction with the first pay day at this War Relocation Authority Center.
Japanese Americans harvesting onions (ddr-densho-37-710)
img Japanese Americans harvesting onions (ddr-densho-37-710)
Original WRA caption: High school boys and girls of Hunt pull onions on the project farm during harvest vacation.
Japanese American workers loading scrap lumber (ddr-densho-37-555)
img Japanese American workers loading scrap lumber (ddr-densho-37-555)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. A group of volunteer workers at the Topaz Relocation Center gathering a truck load of scrap lumber from the contractor's scrap pile.
Butcher house (ddr-densho-37-347)
img Butcher house (ddr-densho-37-347)
Original WRA caption: A view in the slaughter house and butcher shop. Hogs, which are grown in the evacuee run hog farm, are slaughtered here, for consumption by the residents of the center.
Coal loading operation (ddr-densho-37-508)
img Coal loading operation (ddr-densho-37-508)
Original WRA caption: Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. Coal loading machine in operation at Granada Relocation Center.
Japanese Americans harvesting onions (ddr-densho-37-714)
img Japanese Americans harvesting onions (ddr-densho-37-714)
Original WRA caption: High school boys and girls pull onions on the project farm during harvest vacation.
Barber shop (ddr-densho-37-384)
img Barber shop (ddr-densho-37-384)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Motimer Cooke, Supervisor of Community Enterprises, enjoys the first hair-cut given in the barber shop at this War Relocation Authority center. Frances Imura, evacuee from Sacramento is the barber.
Hog farm (ddr-densho-37-80)
img Hog farm (ddr-densho-37-80)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. A view of hogs at the temporary hog farm at this relocation center.
Camp irrigation workers (ddr-densho-37-729)
img Camp irrigation workers (ddr-densho-37-729)
Original WRA caption: Establishing irrigation controls, land reclamation.
Japanese Americans working on a farm (ddr-densho-39-12)
img Japanese Americans working on a farm (ddr-densho-39-12)
Original museum description: Photograph, black and white glossy of a farm on the outskirts of the Minidoka internment camp. Workers are all women, five of whom are on the left side with one standing and two women squatting on the right. Other women are working in the back. (Info from original museum description) Japanese Americans raised ...
Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (March 31, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-51)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (March 31, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-51)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (March 31, 1944). Envelope is postmarked April 1, 1944 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
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