Life in Japan and reasons for leaving

Most of the Issei (first-generation) immigrants belonged to the peasant farming class that had been hurt by industrialization, inflation, and rising taxes caused by the Meiji government's modernization program. The majority of the immigrant workers came from the four prefectures of Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Kumamoto, and Fukuoka. The country was hard hit by depression following the Russo-Japanese war, which ended in 1905. Hoping for better economic opportunity than was available in the rigid society of Japan -- then just emerging from the feudal era -- ambitious men, especially younger sons who would not inherit property, traveled to the new country with the dream of making their fortune. Pioneer Issei women -- the first Japanese women to receive public education under Meiji reforms -- joined them as brides, many seeking to avoid living under the authority of their marital families.

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Background for the relocation program (ddr-csujad-48-110)
doc Background for the relocation program (ddr-csujad-48-110)
Titled as: The background for the relocation program (prepared for information of Staff of the War Relocation Authority). It also describes the early Japanese migration to the United States and some of the economic and social aspects of American Japanese life. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9919. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
Jane Tomeko Sugimura (ddr-csujad-8-68)
doc Jane Tomeko Sugimura (ddr-csujad-8-68)
Oral history interview with Jane Tomeko Sugimura. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Sugimura, Jane Tomeko
Fude Tanioka interview (ddr-csujad-6-32)
doc Fude Tanioka interview (ddr-csujad-6-32)
Oral history interview with Fude Tanioka. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_TANIOKA_FUDE
Tamijiro Mori (ddr-csujad-8-93)
doc Tamijiro Mori (ddr-csujad-8-93)
Oral history interview with Tamijiro Mori. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Mori, Tamajiro
Kazuye Matsunaga (ddr-csujad-8-38)
doc Kazuye Matsunaga (ddr-csujad-8-38)
Oral history interview with Kazuye [Kazue] Matsunaga. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Matsunaga, Kazuye
Background for the Relocation Program (ddr-csujad-19-34)
doc Background for the Relocation Program (ddr-csujad-19-34)
This is the Background for the Relocation program prepared for information of Staff of the War Relocation Authority. It also describes the early Japanese migration to the United States and some of the economic and social aspects of American Japanese Life. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_01-22_02
George Naohara's handwritten annotations (ddr-csujad-38-161)
doc George Naohara's handwritten annotations (ddr-csujad-38-161)
English translation of the annotations from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 12: [Right] Japan declared a war, and Japanese Imperial Army attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. When the war broke out, Yuta Masukawa was visiting Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. He rode on a streetcar to get to Little Tokyo and bought a record, "Shina no …
Oral history with Amy Uno Ishii (ddr-csujad-29-378)
av Oral history with Amy Uno Ishii (ddr-csujad-29-378)
An oral interview with Amy Uno Ishii, a Nisei woman. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0936. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 1342.1_T01
Oral history with Masako Hanada (ddr-csujad-29-366)
av Oral history with Masako Hanada (ddr-csujad-29-366)
An oral interview with Masako Hanada. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0912. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2052_T01
Barneston's Japanese Community (ddr-densho-381-175)
doc Barneston's Japanese Community (ddr-densho-381-175)
A report prepared for the Seattle Water Department that discusses the history of Japanese immigration and community in Barneston, Washington, including a transcript of Yoshi Hibiya's oral history.
Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1008-5-3)
vh Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1008-5-3)
Circumstances of parents' immigration to the U.S.

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1008-5-2)
vh Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1008-5-2)
Father's experiences fighting in the Russo-Japanese War

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Roger Daniels Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1012-17-2)
vh Roger Daniels Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1012-17-2)
Discussion of the Japanese American immigrant experience (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

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 …

Helen Harano Christ Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1013-6-3)
vh Helen Harano Christ Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1013-6-3)
Grandparents' immigration to Hawaii, eventually settling in Berkeley
Yoshimi Matsuura Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1014-6-2)
vh Yoshimi Matsuura Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1014-6-2)
Father's family background: immigrating possibly to avoid military conscription
Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-2-1)
vh Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-2-1)
Family background: born in Japan; father's unorthodox arrival in the United States

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 …

Jimmie Omura Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-11-1)
vh Jimmie Omura Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-11-1)
Family background: father was a stowaway at age nineteen on a ship from Japan to the U.S.

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 …

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 1 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-1)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 1 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-1)
Father's background: immigrating to U.S. by way of Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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