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

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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
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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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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Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-84-5)
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Father starts the New Washington Oyster Co. in Willapa Bay, Washington

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Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-84-4)
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Father brings oyster seed from Japan

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Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-145-28)
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Changes in the Waterfall Cannery over the years, both in conditions and relationships between workers

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

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-145-35)
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Dangerous health conditions 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 3 (ddr-densho-1000-145-3)
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History and organization of the Alaska canneries

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

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