Arrival

Labor contractors transported workers from Japan to work on Hawaiian sugar plantations. Many Japanese then emigrated to the mainland and worked for lumber companies, railroads, and canneries. In the early 1900s these immigrants began to establish families through the picture bride system (shashin-kekkon, literally "photograph marriage"). Immigrant bachelors sent photographs and information about themselves to go-betweens (baishakunin) who arranged meetings with the families in Japan. Marriage ceremonies took place in Japan (without bridegrooms), then the new brides traveled to the United States to join their husbands. Many arrived to discover that their husbands had misrepresented their appearances or situations.

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Medical inspection card (ddr-densho-23-14)
doc Medical inspection card (ddr-densho-23-14)
Bunshiro Tazuma was a longtime Seattle resident and the owner of the Tazuma Ten-Cent Store in Seattle's Nihonmachi. In 1917, he immigrated to Seattle and became a permanent resident. (From 1908 to 1914, he had worked in Montana.) The Issei were required to carry medical inspection cards in conjunction with several other documents to show that …
Immigrant inspection card (ddr-densho-23-12)
doc Immigrant inspection card (ddr-densho-23-12)
Immigrants were required by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to carry an inspection card. During their voyage from Japan, Issei were checked daily to ensure that they were not carrying communicable diseases (see bottom portion of first page). Information from the card indicates that the steamship voyage from Japan took approximately eighteen days. This card belonged …
Japanese passport (ddr-densho-23-5)
doc Japanese passport (ddr-densho-23-5)
English and French translations of the Japanese passport belonging to Bunshiro Tazuma. The Issei, mostly young Japanese males, began immigrating to the United States in the late 1800s. Many were farmers or students with dreams of returning to Japan after making their fortunes in America. The vast majority never realized this dream.
Alien certificate of identification (ddr-densho-23-8)
doc Alien certificate of identification (ddr-densho-23-8)
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Issei were required to carry identification documents because of their alien status. (Issei were barred from becoming naturalized citizens until 1952.) This document belonged to Bunshiro Tazuma, a permanent resident of Seattle since 1917. The identification certificate was the same size as an American passport and …
Passport or Visa (ddr-densho-430-36)
doc Passport or Visa (ddr-densho-430-36)
Passport or Visa documents for Yuki Yone Arai. Last page is photocopy of page 1 with notes.
Passport or Visa (ddr-densho-430-35)
doc Passport or Visa (ddr-densho-430-35)
Passport or Visa documents for Shimakichi Arai. Last page is photocopy of page 1 with notes.
Kenjiro Kida's diary (ddr-one-3-123)
doc Kenjiro Kida's diary (ddr-one-3-123)
Bound diary with gray cover. The year on the front cover is based on the Japanese imperial calendar and says Meiji 43 (1910). Written in by Kenjiro Kida while working for George Pyatt. He wrote in it in both Japanese and English. Contents of diary about weather and daily life working for George Pyatt in White …
Kay Kido Threw Her Trousseau Overboard to Become American (ddr-one-3-76)
doc Kay Kido Threw Her Trousseau Overboard to Become American (ddr-one-3-76)
November 5, 1953 issue of the Mt. Adams Sun, Volume XIX, Number 6. The newspaper contains an article on the front page titled "Kay Kido Threw Her Trousseau Overboard to Become American." The article is about the Kenjiro and Miyuki "Kay" Kida process for American citizenship and their experiences living in the United States.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 8 (February 22, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-8)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 8 (February 22, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-8)
Selected article titles: "Deadline seen for claims compromise: Dec. 31, 1958 target date planned as government confers with attorneys" (p. 1); "Anti-Nisei Film on TV Protested by C.L. Offical" (p. 1); I&NS extends alien pre-exam method for status change" (p.1); U.S. admits 5,200 from Japan in 1956, mostly as GI brides" (p. 2); Civil rights legislation …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 24 (December 13, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-50)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 24 (December 13, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-50)
Select article titles: "Vice-Pres. Nixion Presents Falg for Momita Memorial Pole" (p. 1); "New York City bans housing bias" (p. 1); "First war bride to marry American GI to be first to bring parents to U.S." (p. 2); "L.A. County Supervisors support ruling" (p. 8).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 25 (June 21, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-25)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 25 (June 21, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-25)
Select article titles: "1st Nisei Voted Mayor of City in Orange County" (p. 1); "Senate Leaders Urged by JACL To Place Civil Rights Bill Ok'd by House on Calendar, By-Passed Committee" (p. 1); "1st Oriental descent Canada member of parliament elected" (p. 1); "NARTB invited to join JACL campaign to help rid anti-Nisei movies on TV" …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 25 (December 20, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-51)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 25 (December 20, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-51)
The holiday issue included advertisements bought by JACL members and chapters that included personal addresses and phone numbers to better foster communications between Japanese American communities. These addresses and phone numbers have been redacted to help protect the privacy of Japanese American communities. Please contact Densho to request the original version.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 68, No. 24 (June 13, 1969) (ddr-pc-41-24)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 68, No. 24 (June 13, 1969) (ddr-pc-41-24)
Select article titles: "Wakamatsu Colony Dedication: A Once-in-a-lifetime Inspiration" (p. 1); "Matsunaga-Holifield bill to repeal Title 2" (p. 1); "PNWDC calls young adults to attend organizational session at Hood River" (p. 1); "U.S. Supreme Court Rules on 3 Civil Rights Cases for Negroes" (p. 2); "TV Coverage of Seattle Students in Action Overdone" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 4 (Janurary 28, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-4)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 4 (Janurary 28, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-4)
Select article titles: "West Point Sansei graduate killed in Viet Cong ambush" (p. 1); "Time Ripe Now for Nisei to Run for Political Office, Aiso urges" (p. 1); "Don't become too Americanized, Contra Costa told" (p. 1); "Castaways Leave Mark on History" (p. 2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 23 (June 10, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-23)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 23 (June 10, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-23)
Select article titles: "EDC asks $15,000 budget to boost civil rights aims" (p. 1); "Extensive celebration of 100th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Hawaii planned for 1968 by Islanders" (p. 1); "Nisei Republican views the Negro" (p. 3); "Another Nisei GI Killed in Vietnam" (p. 6).
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