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 (392)

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img "Japanese girls school beach outing" (ddr-densho-259-79)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Japanese girls school beach outing, Sumoto School, Awaji, Japan." Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Beach at Sumoto Awaji where [Shidzuyo Yasui] taught. [Shidzuyo] 2nd row. 10th from the left."
Teacher and students on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-126)
img Teacher and students on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-126)
Shidzuyo Yasui (front row, second from left) with female students from the Sumoto School on Awaji Island, Japan.
Japanese doctor's clinic (ddr-densho-259-493)
img Japanese doctor's clinic (ddr-densho-259-493)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "This portrait appears to have been a Japanese doctors' clinic in Japan It shows five Japanese women dressed in white uniforms so they must have been nurses in the clinic. Whom I presume to have been the owner-doctor is dressed in a morning coat and striped pants, and is even wearing dove-gray …
Japanese teachers on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-125)
img Japanese teachers on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-125)
Shidzuyo Yasui (front row, center) with colleagues from the Sumoto School on Awaji Island, Japan.
Teachers at Sumoto School in Japan (ddr-densho-259-93)
img Teachers at Sumoto School in Japan (ddr-densho-259-93)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Shidzuyo Yasui] in the middle with maybe some of her teaching colleagues in Japan."
Japanese women on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-101)
img Japanese women on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-101)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "4 posed group photographs in which [Shidzuyo Yasui] appears they must have been taken at Sumoto School in Awaji." Shidzuyo Yasui is pictured in the center.
Hotel kitchen with Issei employees (ddr-densho-259-360)
img Hotel kitchen with Issei employees (ddr-densho-259-360)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Interior of a large commercial kitchen, showing three Issei kitchen employees On the white crock immediately to the right of the young man in a black tie and a white apron, it appears to say: Hotel Oregon Hood River Oregon 1914. There was a Hotel Oregon in Hood River once. It was …
Japanese teachers on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-100)
img Japanese teachers on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-100)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "4 posed group photographs in which [Shidzuyo Yasui] appears they must have been taken at Sumoto School in Awaji."
Textile factory workers in Japan (ddr-densho-259-295)
img Textile factory workers in Japan (ddr-densho-259-295)
Saburo Miyake's textile factory. Caption by Homer Yasui: "A textile or weaving factory, with the relatives and workers inside the shop. I've always understood that Saburo's and [Shidzuyo Yasui]'s father, Ichiro, ran a fishnet making factory. On the machine just before it reaches the completed roll of fabric, the material does look like netting."
Teachers at Sumoto School in Japan (ddr-densho-259-91)
img Teachers at Sumoto School in Japan (ddr-densho-259-91)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Series of 3 photographs of [Shidzuyo Yasui] and her colleagues in Japan."
Girls by the Japanese seaside (ddr-densho-259-123)
img Girls by the Japanese seaside (ddr-densho-259-123)
Shidzuyo Yasui (standing at the top of the photograph) with a group of young women, probably her students, at the seaside on Awaji Island, Japan.
Japanese teachers on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-124)
img Japanese teachers on Awaji Island (ddr-densho-259-124)
Shidzuyo Yasui (second row, second from right) with colleagues from the Sumoto School on Awaji Island, Japan. The bearded man in the back row is the school principal.
Class at Sumoto School in Japan (ddr-densho-259-92)
img Class at Sumoto School in Japan (ddr-densho-259-92)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Another posed group photo of what I will guess was [Shidzuyo Yasui's] class in Home Economics. I don't know where in Japan this was taken, but it doesn't look like the Sumoto School grounds." Shidzuyo Yasui is pictured center.
Teachers at Sumoto School in Japan (ddr-densho-259-90)
img Teachers at Sumoto School in Japan (ddr-densho-259-90)
A group picture from the Sumoto School on Awaji Island, Japan. Shidzuyo Yasui is pictured in the top row, fourth from the right.
Teachers at Sumoto School in Japan (ddr-densho-259-89)
img Teachers at Sumoto School in Japan (ddr-densho-259-89)
Probably the Sumoto School on Awaji Island, Japan. Shidzuyo Yasui is pictured in the third row, third from the right.
Teacher and students in Japan (ddr-densho-259-111)
img Teacher and students in Japan (ddr-densho-259-111)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "In this posed group photo, [Shidzuyo Yasui] looks quite a bit older than a bunch of young girls, so this may have been a class of her students."
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