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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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. 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).
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.
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
Imperial Japanese Government passport, Itsuhei Takano (ddr-csujad-42-1)
doc Imperial Japanese Government passport, Itsuhei Takano (ddr-csujad-42-1)
A Japanese passport issued for Itsuhei Takano from Yamanashi, Japan. English and French translations attached. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_01_001
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
Inspection card (immigrants and steerage passengers) (ddr-csujad-38-533)
doc Inspection card (immigrants and steerage passengers) (ddr-csujad-38-533)
An inspection card for Koyuta Masukawa. She boarded on the ship, Seattle Maru, in Kobe, Japan, on September 7, 1909, and arrived in San Francisco, California. and was inspected on September 27, 1909 by U.S. Public Health and Marine Hospital Service presumably in Presidio, California, prior to Angel Island Immigration Station's operation. It also includes a …
Imperial Japanese Government passport = 日本帝國海外旅券, Koyuta Masukawa (ddr-csujad-38-536)
doc Imperial Japanese Government passport = 日本帝國海外旅券, Koyuta Masukawa (ddr-csujad-38-536)
A Japanese passport issued for Koyuta Masukawa from Hiroshima, Japan. English and French translations attached. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_05_03_001
Certificate of inoculation (ddr-csujad-38-535)
doc Certificate of inoculation (ddr-csujad-38-535)
A certificate of inoculation for Tomosuke Masukawa. It certifies that Tomosuke had been inoculated by a surgeon for the passengers of Tatuta [Tatsuta] Maru on November 7 and 16, 1938. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_05_02_003
Japanese in our Midst (ddr-csujad-19-81)
doc Japanese in our Midst (ddr-csujad-19-81)
This document, "prepared and published under the auspices of the Colorado Council of Churches," describes the background of the situation when the Japanese first started to come to the United States in considerable numbers, evacuation and relocation of Japanese Americans and the concentration of Japanese Americans on the West Coast. It also discusses about the three …
An Oral History with Margaret Masuoka (ddr-csujad-29-25)
av An Oral History with Margaret Masuoka (ddr-csujad-29-25)
An interview with Margaret Masuoka, a volunteer at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), conducted for the Japanese American Project at California State Fullerton's Center for Oral and Public History. Specifically, this interview provides insight to Masuoka's personal history dealing with the prejudice that she and her family faced due their Japanese ancestry; her family's settlement …
The Imperial Japanese Government Passport for Moritaro Ishida, in Japanese (ddr-csujad-29-6)
doc The Imperial Japanese Government Passport for Moritaro Ishida, in Japanese (ddr-csujad-29-6)
A passport for Moritaro Ishida issued on April 8, 1916. Registered by Consulate General of Japan in Seattle on June 21, 1923. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 1339_M01_01
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
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