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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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.
Group photo in front of the Topaz Community Cooperative Enterprises building (ddr-densho-292-2)
img Group photo in front of the Topaz Community Cooperative Enterprises building (ddr-densho-292-2)
Caption on reverse: "Topaz Community Cooperative Enterprises. Coop @ Topaz management of movies. Mary Kaibe - 3rd from right, back row. Age 17. Mary left - government gave her $50 to go to Chicago to get work (after 3 1/2 years). Torakichi Nishioka worked in mess hall - washing dishes for $16 month (doctor [?] got $19 month)."
Hog farm (ddr-densho-93-41)
img Hog farm (ddr-densho-93-41)
Original Ansel Adams caption: Hog farm, Manzanar Relocation Center, California / photograph by Ansel Adams.
Camp co-op store (ddr-densho-93-28)
img Camp co-op store (ddr-densho-93-28)
Original Ansel Adams caption: Co-op store (Segregees), Manzanar Relocation Center / photograph by Ansel Adams.
Poultry farm (ddr-densho-93-34)
img Poultry farm (ddr-densho-93-34)
Original Ansel Adams caption: Poultry farm, Mori Nakashima, Manzanar Relocation Center, / photograph by Ansel Adams.
Japanese Americans in front of camp newspaper office (ddr-densho-93-2)
img Japanese Americans in front of camp newspaper office (ddr-densho-93-2)
Original Ansel Adams caption: Roy Takeno (Editor) and group reading Manzanar paper in front of office, Yuichi Harata, Nabuo Samamura, Manzanar Relocation Center, California.
Staff list (ddr-densho-280-1)
doc Staff list (ddr-densho-280-1)
The staff list of an unknown newspaper.
Harry Ueno Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1002-7-13)
vh Harry Ueno Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1002-7-13)
Working in the camp mess hall: making do when certain foods are in short supply

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 ...

Harry Ueno Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1002-7-11)
vh Harry Ueno Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1002-7-11)
Working in camp: clearing sagebrush, then applying to work in mess hall

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 ...

Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 45 (ddr-densho-1000-153-45)
vh Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 45 (ddr-densho-1000-153-45)
Moving to permanent camp in Jerome, Arkansas; working as the storekeeper for the food warehouse

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of his life experiences are similar to those ...

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