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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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. 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. 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. 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).
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).
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doc Draft writing: "Prologue, Immigrant epic" (ddr-densho-383-579)
Handwritten at tope "to expand upon this idea for first few chapters"
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.
Kay Uno Kaneko - Hana Shepard - Mae Matsuzaki Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1007-8-7)
vh Kay Uno Kaneko - Hana Shepard - Mae Matsuzaki Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1007-8-7)
Father's early life in the United States

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Frank Konishi Interview Segment 27 (ddr-manz-1-25-27)
vh Frank Konishi Interview Segment 27 (ddr-manz-1-25-27)
Grandfather's travels to the United States from South America, description of homemade senbei maker
Cookie Takeshita Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-465-1)
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Father's family background, getting into the gardening business
May Ota Higa Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-174-1)
vh May Ota Higa Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-174-1)
Father's immigration story: illegally entering U.S. as a contract laborer
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-12-2)
vh Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-12-2)
Father's arrival in the United States, working on the railroad
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
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