Many Issei (first-generation Japanese immigrants) began as sharecroppers. Others sought to buy land, but the Issei had to overcome obstacles preventing them from competing with white farmers. California and other states passed alien land laws prohibiting Asian immigrants from purchasing or leasing agricultural land. There were ways around the discriminatory laws: an Issei father could put the property in the name of his American-born child, or issei could form corporations in which a majority of the shareholders were American citizens. Despite the alien land laws, Issei farmers played a significant role in West Coast agriculture. In the years just prior to World War II, Japanese American families grew 35 percent of the produce in California. By the 1920s, Japanese Americans supplied 75 percent of the produce and half the milk to the Puget Sound region.

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Mother and son in front of trucks (ddr-densho-60-2)
img Mother and son in front of trucks (ddr-densho-60-2)
Rick Sato's mother and son. On the left is a packing shed.
Brookville Gardens (ddr-densho-109-64)
img Brookville Gardens (ddr-densho-109-64)
Left to right: Mrs. Terayama, Kameo Yamamoto, Haruaki Yotsuuye (driving).
Field work (ddr-densho-359-779)
img Field work (ddr-densho-359-779)
The caption in the album is written in Japanese.
Men hauling produce in a truck (ddr-densho-353-49)
img Men hauling produce in a truck (ddr-densho-353-49)
Captioned: "Produce hauled to the Pike Place Market on a new Mack truck."
Numoto family farm (ddr-densho-353-60)
img Numoto family farm (ddr-densho-353-60)
Captioned: "The Numoto family working on their thriving strawberry farm. The water tower is reminiscent of the days before a city water system existed."
A group on a truck (ddr-densho-353-51)
img A group on a truck (ddr-densho-353-51)
Family, neighbors, and a dog on a truck. Captioned: "Aiko and brother on running board, mother in driver's seat, Hideo Akachi (Mrs. S. Osawa's brother) on fender, died young."