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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Sherman Kishi interview (ddr-csujad-6-13)
doc Sherman Kishi interview (ddr-csujad-6-13)
Oral history interview with Sherman Kishi. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KISHI_SHERMAN
Eric Andow interview (ddr-csujad-6-2)
doc Eric Andow interview (ddr-csujad-6-2)
Oral history interview with Eric Andow. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_ANDOW_ERIC
Ruth Okuye Ihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-8)
doc Ruth Okuye Ihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-8)
Oral history interview with Ruth Okuye Ihara. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_IHARA_RUTH
Frances Tashima interview (ddr-csujad-6-34)
doc Frances Tashima interview (ddr-csujad-6-34)
Oral history interview with Frances Tashima. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_TASHIMA_FRANCES
Izumi Taniguchi interview (ddr-csujad-6-31)
doc Izumi Taniguchi interview (ddr-csujad-6-31)
Oral history interview with Izumi Taniguchi. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_TANIGUCHI_IZUMI
Draft writing:
doc Draft writing: "Prologue, Immigrant epic" (ddr-densho-383-579)
Handwritten at tope "to expand upon this idea for first few chapters"
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).
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).
Inspection card (immigrants and steerage passengers) (ddr-csujad-55-2011)
doc Inspection card (immigrants and steerage passengers) (ddr-csujad-55-2011)
Inspection card belonging to Yosaku Yoneda for departure from Kobe, Japan on the Shin'yo Maru. Includes list of vaccinations. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2114
Imperial Japanese Government passport Yoneshiro Ono (ddr-csujad-55-2457)
doc Imperial Japanese Government passport Yoneshiro Ono (ddr-csujad-55-2457)
A passport belonging to Yoneshiro Ono, no. 223754. Includes photograph of Ono and admittance stamp from the U.S. Immigration Service for arrival to the United States via the SS Alabama Maru. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2563
Imperial Japanese Government passport, Tome Ono (ddr-csujad-55-2458)
doc Imperial Japanese Government passport, Tome Ono (ddr-csujad-55-2458)
A passport belonging to Tome Ono, no. 223755. Includes photograph of Ono and admittance stamp from the U.S. Immigration Service for arrival to the United States via the SS Alabama Maru. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2564
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.
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.
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.
Homer Yasui Interview II Segment 4 (ddr-one-7-27-4)
vh Homer Yasui Interview II Segment 4 (ddr-one-7-27-4)
Description of the "picture bride" system

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Louise Kashino Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-31-1)
vh Louise Kashino Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-31-1)
Family background: working odd jobs around Washington state

For the first hour of this interview, an additional camera crew from KCTS Television was also present.

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