Industry and employment

At the turn of the century, Japanese immigrants (Issei) came to the United States to work on the rapidly expanding plantations of Hawaii and the farms, lumber mills, railroads and canneries of the Pacific Coast. They quickly realized this type of work was not going to bring them wealth, and many began looking for more promising opportunities. Farming, fishing and small businesses were often seen as the answer.

Industry and employment (398)

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Memo from Co-ordinating Committee to Chief of Police Schmidt [Willard E. Schmidt], February 3, 1944 (ddr-csujad-2-72)
doc Memo from Co-ordinating Committee to Chief of Police Schmidt [Willard E. Schmidt], February 3, 1944 (ddr-csujad-2-72)
Calls for special meeting of the Project Director, Advisory Council, and Co-ordinating Committee to discuss Committee recommendations, and refers to four attached memoranda, each from Co-ordinating Committee 1608-A to R. [Raymond] R. Best, Project Director, dated February 2, 1944 and written by Byron Akitsuki, Executive Secretary. Subjects of the memoranda are: Receipt of Red Cross Gift …
Letter from Ayame Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, January 15, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-120)
doc Letter from Ayame Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, January 15, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-120)
A letter from Ayame Okine in Chicago, Illinois, to her parents-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine in Hawthorne, California. In the letter, Ayame describes her job in Chicago. She assists in making cameras and helps to light tobaccos. Her work starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 4:30 PM, including a 20-minute break two times. She earns …
Bessie Ezaki (ddr-csujad-8-11)
doc Bessie Ezaki (ddr-csujad-8-11)
Oral history interview with Aiko Bessie Ezaki. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Ezaki, Bessie
William Hiroshi Wake (ddr-csujad-8-82)
doc William Hiroshi Wake (ddr-csujad-8-82)
Oral history interview with William Hiroshi Wake. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Wake, William Hiroshi
George Masashi and Mitsuno Hashimoto (ddr-csujad-8-18)
doc George Masashi and Mitsuno Hashimoto (ddr-csujad-8-18)
Oral history interview with George Masashi and Mitsuno Hashimoto. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Hashimoto, George Masashi and Mitsuno
Fred Hirasuna (ddr-csujad-8-88)
doc Fred Hirasuna (ddr-csujad-8-88)
Oral history interview with Fred Hirasuna. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Hirasuna, Fred
Tomoko Konishi (ddr-csujad-8-29)
doc Tomoko Konishi (ddr-csujad-8-29)
Oral history interview with Tomoko Konishi. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Konishi, Tomoko
Letter from William E. Gotcher, February 3, 1948 (ddr-csujad-12-3)
doc Letter from William E. Gotcher, February 3, 1948 (ddr-csujad-12-3)
In this letter, a former employer of Tsugitada Kanamori writes a letter of reference, describing him as a hard working, trustworthy, and honest employee. Mr. William E. Gotcher confirms that Kanamori was an employee of the Yokohama Area Engineer Equipment Pool for two years and had held several positions. See this object in the California State …
Letter from Daniel F. Goggin, May 1, 1948 (ddr-csujad-12-2)
doc Letter from Daniel F. Goggin, May 1, 1948 (ddr-csujad-12-2)
This letter confirms that Tsugitada Kanamori worked for Daniel Goggin in an Ordnance Shop as the superintendent at the Yokohama Area Engineer Equipment Pool. Mr. Goggin explains that Kanamori is "invaluable" and he would absolutely recommend Mr. Kanamori for any position. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tsu_01_01_002
Five Japanese in Sebastopol (ddr-csujad-22-1)
doc Five Japanese in Sebastopol (ddr-csujad-22-1)
Essay written in December 1975 for Dr. Hector Lee's American Folklore class. Researcher interviewed five Japanese Americans: Mr. Kiyoshi Akutagawa, born in 1898; Mr. Hiroshi Taniguchi, born in 1898; Mr. Kichizo Morita, born in 1902; Mr. Y. Ito, born in 1905 and Mr. George Okamoto, born in 1919. This object does not include the paper in …
Part IV. Collective adjustments to the relocation center, chapter I: social structure of the community (ddr-csujad-26-5)
doc Part IV. Collective adjustments to the relocation center, chapter I: social structure of the community (ddr-csujad-26-5)
Description of camp social structures including "Caucasian-Japanese relations" highlighting tension and hostility by three groups that most directly involve Japanese Americans and the incarceration: The War Relocation Authority (WRA), the US Army and the American public. Using case - studies, the manuscript examines these relationships and discusses the circumstances of incarceration contributing to differences in social …
Issei machinists (ddr-densho-12-17)
img Issei machinists (ddr-densho-12-17)
These Issei men worked for Joe Moyer in his machine shop on First Avenue. Left to right: unidentified, unidentified, Mr. Yoshikane, Tajuro Kunitsugu, unidentified, unidentified, and unidentified.
Electrical Department warehouse 348 (ddr-csujad-3-1)
img Electrical Department warehouse 348 (ddr-csujad-3-1)
Posed group photo of the Electrical Department in front of a building at Tule Lake with department sign. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tos_01_001_001
Letters from Ayame Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, June 8, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-147)
doc Letters from Ayame Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, June 8, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-147)
Contains two letters from Ayame Okine in Chicago, Illinois to her parents-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. She writes two separate letters to the Okines and encloses into one envelope. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_68_001-003
Letter from Ayame Okine to Mrs. and Mrs. Okine, February 13, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-128)
doc Letter from Ayame Okine to Mrs. and Mrs. Okine, February 13, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-128)
A letter from Ayame Okine to her parents-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Ayame. She writes about her husband, Masao Okine, who is stationed in Tokyo, as well as her job in Chicago. Her job requires the use of a sewing machine and she meets one of her old friends, Sakie Sakaeda, at work. She hears about other …
Letter from Ayame Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, March 6, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-137)
doc Letter from Ayame Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, March 6, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-137)
A letter from Ayame Okine in Chicago, Illinois to her parents-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine in Hawthorne, California. In the letter, she describes her new job, making women's leather purses. She packs merchandise into boxes for shipping, earning 65 cents per hour. At work, there are only 12 Japanese workers and other workers are all African …
Masami Arita (ddr-csujad-8-7)
doc Masami Arita (ddr-csujad-8-7)
Oral history interview with Masami Arita. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Arita, Masami
Momoyo Jane Kubota (ddr-csujad-8-32)
doc Momoyo Jane Kubota (ddr-csujad-8-32)
Oral history interview with Momoyo Jane Kubota. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Kubota, Momoyo Jane
Mr. and Mrs. Kiyoto Saiki (ddr-csujad-8-94)
doc Mr. and Mrs. Kiyoto Saiki (ddr-csujad-8-94)
Oral history interview with Kiyoto and Fumiko Saiki. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Saiki, Mr and Mrs Kiyoto
John Kubota (ddr-csujad-8-31)
doc John Kubota (ddr-csujad-8-31)
Oral history interview with John Kubota. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Kubota, John
Letter from D.F. Goggin, Motor Officer, to the American Consul, Yokohama, Japan, April 18, 1951 (ddr-csujad-12-5)
doc Letter from D.F. Goggin, Motor Officer, to the American Consul, Yokohama, Japan, April 18, 1951 (ddr-csujad-12-5)
This letter confirms that Tsugitada Kanamori has worked for D.F. Goggin since June 1946 at the time this letter was written and has been a model employee. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tsu_01_01_005
Letter from D.F. Goggin, Motor Officer, April 5, 1950 (ddr-csujad-12-4)
doc Letter from D.F. Goggin, Motor Officer, April 5, 1950 (ddr-csujad-12-4)
In this letter, D.F. Goggin, Motor Officer, affirms that Tsugitada Kanamori was employed by his organization starting June 8, 1946 and was still employed there at the time this letter was written. He remarks that Kanamori is a loyal and honest employee and recommends him for any position. See this object in the California State Universities …
Workers packing school lunches (ddr-densho-63-5)
img Workers packing school lunches (ddr-densho-63-5)
Mitsuko Hashiguchi is in the foreground and Norma Warner is in back. Mitsuko is packing cold packs and Norma is packing hot foods at Bellevue High School. They had to begin cooking and packing at 5 a.m., and the lunches had to go out at 9 a.m. to be delivered to the schools. Mitsuko's husband was …
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