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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Homer Yasui Interview II Segment 4 (ddr-one-7-27-4)
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Description of the "picture bride" system

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Frank Konishi Interview Segment 27 (ddr-manz-1-25-27)
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Grandfather's travels to the United States from South America, description of homemade senbei maker
Kay Uno Kaneko - Hana Shepard - Mae Matsuzaki Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1007-8-7)
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Father's early life in the United States

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Louise Kashino Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-31-1)
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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.

Michiko Frances Chikahisa Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-347-4)
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Mother's arrival in the U.S. as a "picture bride"

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Floyd Shimomura Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-466-3)
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Grandparents' arranged marriage and running a boarding house
Floyd Shimomura Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-466-2)
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Grandfather's family background: working in the U.S. as a sharecropper
Bob Suzuki Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-452-1)
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Father's family background: snuck into the U.S. as an illegal immigrant
Gene Akutsu Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-1-1)
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Immigrant parent's arrival in U.S. and means of making a living
Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-68-5)
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Kay's family background: parents' arrival in the U.S., getting into farming
Toshi Nagamori Ito Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-309-2)
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Mother's immigration to the United States: becoming director of a shelter for "picture brides"

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Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-152-1)
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Family background: grandfather "jumped ship" on way to Mexico and landed in Seattle, Washington
Tom Akashi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-164-3)
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After immigrating to the United States, father attends school to learn English, then graduates from college in three years
Amy Iwasaki Mass Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-470-1)
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Family background: immigration to Seattle, then moved to Los Angeles
Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-273-3)
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Mother's arrival in the U.S. as a "picture bride": "it was a shock for her"

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James Yamazaki Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-175-3)
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Father's arrival in the U.S.: an atypical immigrant

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