Domestic service

Before World War II, many newly arrived young Issei (Japanese immigrant) men and, later, Issei women worked as domestics. Wages were low -- about $1.50 per week in 1900 -- but room and board were provided, and living with an American family provided a means of quickly learning the English language and American customs. After the war, for want of better jobs, dispossessed older Issei and college-age Nisei (their American-born children) again took employment as domestics for well-to-do families.

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