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 American blacksmith (ddr-densho-37-176)
img Japanese American blacksmith (ddr-densho-37-176)
Original WRA caption: Evacuee blacksmiths do all the blacksmith work necessary in the garage, at this relocation center.
Japanese American cooking (ddr-densho-37-593)
img Japanese American cooking (ddr-densho-37-593)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. Student Mary Sakai, former resident of Stockton, California, is shown putting sliced carrots in a double boiler in preparation for the drying process.
Japanese Americans unloading coal (ddr-densho-37-385)
img Japanese Americans unloading coal (ddr-densho-37-385)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Evacuee workers unload coal at Staley Junction, which is the rail head for this center. This coal is used by the residents during the extremely cold winters which northern California offers.
Japanese Americans sorting turnips (ddr-densho-37-315)
img Japanese Americans sorting turnips (ddr-densho-37-315)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Evacuee workers in the packing shed, sorting and packing turnips which have been grown on the farm near this relocation center.
Japanese Americans making tofu (ddr-densho-37-153)
img Japanese Americans making tofu (ddr-densho-37-153)
Original WRA caption: Note: The markings on the blackboard, upper right, show the Japanese way of counting in fives to show number of buckets of beans processed. The bucket on the lower right contains soy beans which are soaked over night and then poured into this centrifugal "masher" which revolves at comparatively high speed. The white ...
Japanese Americans making tofu (ddr-densho-37-155)
img Japanese Americans making tofu (ddr-densho-37-155)
Original WRA caption: The precipitate is put into forms and pressed. Later it is cut into smaller cakes and kept in water as shown. Tofu is a kind of "bean curd" considered essential to the Japanese diet. Other pictures in this group show the various processes in the manufacture of this product. To preserve it is ...
Carrot field (ddr-densho-37-138)
img Carrot field (ddr-densho-37-138)
Original WRA caption: Katsugoro Kawase's carrot field at Tule Lake Farm 1944 which ran approximately twenty-two (22) tons to an acre.
Dentist's office (ddr-densho-39-4)
img Dentist's office (ddr-densho-39-4)
Original museum description: Photograph, black and white glossy of a dentist's infirmary at Minidoka internment camp. The dentist is working on a man's teeth while three women (one shows only her hair) are working in the back. (Info from original museum description)
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