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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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Milton Maeda (ddr-densho-287-685)
img Milton Maeda (ddr-densho-287-685)
Photograph of Milton Maeda sitting on a railing. Written on the album page below the image is "1938" in black ink.
Frank Sho (ddr-densho-287-178)
img Frank Sho (ddr-densho-287-178)
Photograph of Frank Sho standing outside a wooden building. Written on the album page to the left of the image is "Frank 'Sho'" in white ink.
Harry and Yami (ddr-densho-287-169)
img Harry and Yami (ddr-densho-287-169)
Photograph of two men standing on a dock. Left to right: Harry and Yami. Written on the album page below the image is "Harry - Yumi" in white ink.
Hank (ddr-densho-287-679)
img Hank (ddr-densho-287-679)
Photograph of Hank on a deck. Written on the album page below the image is "Hank" in black ink.
Boats (ddr-densho-287-215)
img Boats (ddr-densho-287-215)
Photograph of two boat tied up at dock. Written on the album page is "Eskimo - Genevieve H" in white ink.
Anchors Aweight (ddr-densho-287-230)
img Anchors Aweight (ddr-densho-287-230)
Photograph of two unidentfied men standing on a dock holding oars. Written on the album page below the photograph is "Anchors Aweight" in white ink.
Bill and Sao (ddr-densho-287-170)
img Bill and Sao (ddr-densho-287-170)
Photograph of two men in front of a large pile of fishing nets. From left to right: Bill and Sao. Written on the album page below the image is "Bill - Sao" in white ink.
Halibate caught by Norman (ddr-densho-287-228)
img Halibate caught by Norman (ddr-densho-287-228)
Photograph of a 210 pound 6 foot 4 inch halibut with a man standing next to it. Written on the album page below the image is "Halibut Caught By Norman" in white ink.
Fishing boats hauling in the day's catch (ddr-densho-299-11)
img Fishing boats hauling in the day's catch (ddr-densho-299-11)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-1021. 8 Feb 49 / NRS Project: / Japanese fishermen haul in nets / off the coast of Odawara, Japan, / as the small boats are drawn to the / master ship, which is powered by / a deisel [sic] engine. When all boats / are together, the nets are emptied / and …
Japanese fisherman hauling in Tuna (ddr-densho-299-17)
img Japanese fisherman hauling in Tuna (ddr-densho-299-17)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-1018. 8 Feb 49 / NRS Project: / Japanese fishermen lay nets off the coast / of Odawara, Japan, for the day's tuna catch. / Photographer - Orzio / Photograph by U.S. Army."
Power of attorney (ddr-densho-308-7)
doc Power of attorney (ddr-densho-308-7)
International Oyster Co., Ltd grants Kanamatsu Kanazawa power of attorney in connection to its dealings with Padilla Oyster Beds and Padilla Point Oyster Company. Kanazawa helped to start the oyster business in the Pacific Northwest when he learned that the cooler waters accelerated the growth of oysters. Oysters grown in the Pacific Northwest could reach commercial …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 7 (February 12, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-7)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 7 (February 12, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-7)
Selected article titles: "Warren's 1942 Stand Demanding Evacuation Hit" (p.1), "Agricultural Exploits of Early Day Issei in San Luis Obispo, Watsonville, Role in Monterey Fishing Told History Project" (p.1, 4), "Great Lack of Communication between Nisei and Sansei Note by Psychologists" (p.1), "Utah Governor Signs Mixed Marriage Bill" (p.1), "'Nisei: the Pride and the Shame'" (p.2, …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 83, No. 26 (December 24-31, 1976) (ddr-pc-48-51)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 83, No. 26 (December 24-31, 1976) (ddr-pc-48-51)
Special holiday issue. Selected article titles: "PC Headlines in 1986" (p. 3), "The Trend Is Toward Assimilation" (p. 4), "Five Critical Political-Social Issues for Nisei and Their Future Well-Being in U.S. Assessed" (pp. 5, 68), "Evacuation Remembered, but Use of Nihongo Fading Away" (pp. 85-87), and "Tule Lake's Steel Cross Rededicated by 1976 Pilgrim" (pp. 101, …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 5 (July 29, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-29)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 5 (July 29, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-29)
Selected article titles: "Evacuation Was a 'Bum Deal': Buchanan" (p.1-2), 'Carter Appoints Four Nikkei to High-Level Posts" (p.1, 4), "Japan to Raise 1,000,000,000 Yen for Li'l Tokyo Cultural Community Center" (p.3), "The Bakke Case" (p.5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 26 (December 24-31, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-51)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 26 (December 24-31, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-51)
Special holiday issue. Selected article titles: "Preserving Our Japanese American History: Visual Communications' Photographic Archives" (pp. 14-15), "'Offensive Stupidity' and the Struggle of Abe Tokunosuke" (pp. 31, 43, 68, 70, 76-77), "1982: The Year in Review" (pp. 52-63, 69, 78-79), and "After the Rescue of the 'Lost Battalion': 'Gothic Line' Breakthrough by 100/442 Spells End to …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 13 (March 29, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-13)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 13 (March 29, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-13)
Selected article titles: "Role of mediator in civil rights pictured for JACL" (p. 1), "Fishing area name 'Japanese Point'" (p. 1), "Nisei a 'White' to Eyes of NAACP Man" (p. 1), "San Francisco to dedicate Japan cultural-trade center" (p. 1), "JACL Role in civil rights: interpret the problem" (p. 1), "New Nihonmachi to rise north of …
Jimmie Omura Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1002-11-9)
vh Jimmie Omura Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1002-11-9)
Memories of working in an Alaska salmon cannery as a teenager

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 …

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