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

References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.

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

References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.

Mako Nakagawa Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-66-1)
vh Mako Nakagawa Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-66-1)
Father's background: eking out a living in an Alaskan cannery
Richard Murakami Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-64-7)
vh Richard Murakami Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-64-7)
Growing up in a station house on pilings, family's Oyster Packing Co.
Shig Miyaki Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-259-3)
vh Shig Miyaki Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-259-3)
Helping on fishing boats as a teenager

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-145-2)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-145-2)
Reasons for Japanese immigrant participation in the cannery system

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

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-145-32)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-145-32)
Description of the physical layout of the Waterfall cannery, separate lodging for different 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 8 (ddr-densho-1000-145-8)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-145-8)
Description of cannery jobs: vacuum-packing the cans, cooking the fish, stevedoring

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

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-145-5)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-145-5)
Isseis' roles as contractors 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 25 (ddr-densho-1000-145-25)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-145-25)
Unionization issue begins to affect the cannery system

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

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-145-4)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-145-4)
Reasons for Issei involvement as contractors in the cannery system

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)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-145-3)
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.

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-145-35)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-145-35)
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 28 (ddr-densho-1000-145-28)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-145-28)
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 7 (ddr-densho-1000-145-7)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-145-7)
Description of some of the jobs involved in a cannery; personal role assisting the head mechanic 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 31 (ddr-densho-1000-145-31)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-145-31)
Other memories of the Waterfall cannery: poor living conditions; layout of the cannery

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

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-145-9)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-145-9)
Organization and hierarchy of the cannery personnel

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

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-145-11)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-145-11)
Description of other roles within the cannery personnel: contractor, foreman and cook

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

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