Fishing and canneries

Japanese Americans found work at salmon canneries along the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington, and their labor was welcomed in Alaskan towns such as Ketchikan and Petersburg as early as the 1890s. They traveled by ship to the cannery towns, where they slowly developed small communities whose population swelled with the yearly arrival of workers. Issei (Japanese immigrant) entrepreneurs started the oyster industry from scratch in Puget Sound. Japanese American oyster farms became thriving businesses before World War II.

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Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-145-10)
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Receiving "special treatment": given the job of hand-packing the king salmon

This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 36 (ddr-densho-1000-145-36)
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Memories of long hours, tedious work in the canneries

This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-145-21)
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Beginnings of unionization process at the Waterfall cannery

This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-145-16)
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Organization of the Waterfall Cannery; discussion of the roles of various ethnic groups

This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-145-6)
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Overview of the general operation of an Alaskan cannery; description of four different types of salmon

This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.

Toshio Moritsugu Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-318-3)
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Growing up in Hawaiian fishing village called Fish Camp

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Toshio Moritsugu Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-318-2)
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Father's prewar fishing techniques

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Akira Otani Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-321-7)
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Father's establishment of a fish auction business

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John Kats Marumoto Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-322-7)
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Life in a fishing village in Terminal Island

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John Kats Marumoto Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-322-6)
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The process of fishing at night

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Robert T. Ohashi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-350-8)
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Meeting Japanese Americans from Seattle in the canneries

Nisei male. Born July 24, 1925, in Ketchikan, Alaska. Grew up in Ketchikan, where parents ran a store. During World War II, was removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka incarceration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, went with family to work for a time in …

Min Tonai Interview I Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-354-6)
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The prewar fishing and cannery industry on Terminal Island

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Giro Nakagawa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-422-11)
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Being removed from the oyster farm station house after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
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