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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img "Eddie Owada, Matsu" (ddr-densho-201-311)
Two Japanese American men in the snow, one in a chef's uniform. Caption on front: "Eddie Owada + me." Caption below photograph: "Eddie Owada, Matsu."
img "Fort Snelling Cooks" (ddr-densho-201-312)
Five men in cook's uniforms. Caption on front: "Fort Snelling Cooks."
Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-149)
img Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-149)
Sumito Horiuchi participating in a work ceremony.
Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-152)
img Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-152)
Sumito Horiuchi accepts a watch during a work ceremony.
Job award ceremony (ddr-densho-325-147)
img Job award ceremony (ddr-densho-325-147)
Sumito Horiuchi accepting a watch at a work ceremony.
Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-151)
img Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-151)
Sumito Horiuchi participates in a work ceremony.
Employee group photograph (ddr-densho-325-148)
img Employee group photograph (ddr-densho-325-148)
Sumito Horiuchi is in the front row second from the left.
Letter from the Office for Emergency Management, War Manpower Commission (ddr-densho-319-574)
doc Letter from the Office for Emergency Management, War Manpower Commission (ddr-densho-319-574)
Letter and informational materials about the shortage of manpower available to employers during World War II.
Set of correspondence regarding sale of Godefroy Manufacturing Co. (ddr-densho-319-234)
doc Set of correspondence regarding sale of Godefroy Manufacturing Co. (ddr-densho-319-234)
A series of letters sent regarding the sale of black hair dye to the incarcerated Japanese American community.
Power of attorney (ddr-densho-308-7)
doc Power of attorney (ddr-densho-308-7)
International Oyster Co., Ltd grants Kanamatsu Kanazawa power of attorney in connection to its dealings with Padilla Oyster Beds and Padilla Point Oyster Company. Kanazawa helped to start the oyster business in the Pacific Northwest when he learned that the cooler waters accelerated the growth of oysters. Oysters grown in the Pacific Northwest could reach commercial …
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 35 (May 13, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-22)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 35 (May 13, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-22)
"Jackson St. Area Will Have Its Face Cleaned" (p. 1), "Masaoka Raps Bias Against Japanese" (p. 1), "Pictures Depict Life in Camp" (p. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 49 (July 15, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-36)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 49 (July 15, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-36)
"Accept Business Permit Applications to Japan" (p. 1), "JACL Goes Ahead to Speed Plans to Honor Nisei at Arlington" (p. 1), "Commons OK's Board to Sift Ouster Losses" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 4 (January 14, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-3)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 4 (January 14, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-3)
"Sees Complications in Return of Nisei Stranded in Japan" (p. 1), "Anti-Bias Group Eyes Removal of Race Restrictions" (p. 1), "Aliens Now May Apply for Business" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 41 (June 13, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-29)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 41 (June 13, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-29)
"House Unit Hears Masaoka's Plea for National FEPC Legislation" (p. 1), "H.R. 3771 Asks U.S. Citizenship for Alien Parents of GI's, Vets" (p. 1), "Equal Rights for Nisei in Trade Sought" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 73 (September 13, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-242)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 73 (September 13, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-242)
"President Truman Vetoes Walter Resolution, Calls It "Vague and Ill-Defined'; Urges Congress to Reconsider" (p. 1), "Kaiser & Frazier Will Manufacture Automobiles in Japan next January" (p. 1), "Convention Public Forum Will Probe JACL's "Blueprint for Tomorrow" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 67 (September 16, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-54)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 67 (September 16, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-54)
"ACLU Report Cites Decline of Racial Prejudices" (p. 1), "J.A.C.L. Tells Ways to Obtain Japan Permits" (p. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 37 (April 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-105)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 37 (April 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-105)
"Acheson, Wirin Challenge Validity of Wartime Rider to Calif. Measure Denying Japanese Fishing License" (p. 1), "B.C. Regime to Lift Job Ban but No Franchise Reported Yet" (p. 1), "Gen. Clark and McCloy Endorse Judd's Naturalization Measure" (p. 5), "State Department Opens Way for Boom in Asia" (p. 5).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 40 (May 18, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-207)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 40 (May 18, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-207)
"Voice of Small Minorities, Including That of Nisei, Pleads for FEPC Measure" (p. 1), "Dr. John Thomas, Nisei Friend, Will be Principal Speaker at Baptist Reunion Affair" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 5 No. 1 (January 1, 1951) (ddr-densho-229-261)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 5 No. 1 (January 1, 1951) (ddr-densho-229-261)
"ADC in DC Urges Aliens to Register" (p. 1), "Lack of Interest in JACL Rapped" (p. 1), "The Nisei Girl on the Job" (p. 3).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 39 (May 14, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-206)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 39 (May 14, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-206)
"ADC Cites Need for FEP Measure" (p. 1), "Washington JACL, ADC Petition D.C. to Abolish Segregation" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 43 (June 20, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-31)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 43 (June 20, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-31)
"156 Families Told to Quit Yesler Low-Rent Project" (p. 1), "U.S. Commerce Department Accepts Applications from Businessmen for Permits to Visit Japan" (p. 1), "Masaoka Hits Bias Problem from "Front" (p. 1).
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