Agriculture

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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Japanese Americans working in fields (ddr-densho-151-228)
img Japanese Americans working in fields (ddr-densho-151-228)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Japanese field laborers packing cauliflower in field on large-scale ranch owned by white operator (L.E. Bailey).
Family on their farm (ddr-densho-153-16)
img Family on their farm (ddr-densho-153-16)
Amy Matsushita and parents Kyoko Amitani Matsushita and Yasutaro Matsushita.
Family visiting a chicken farm (ddr-densho-182-102)
img Family visiting a chicken farm (ddr-densho-182-102)
Photo possibly taken on Vashon Island, Washington. Mimbu family, Mary Amano on right.
Japanese Americans picking strawberries (ddr-densho-182-109)
img Japanese Americans picking strawberries (ddr-densho-182-109)
Photo possibly taken on Vashon Island, Washington. Frank Ouchi.
Japanese Americans picking strawberries (ddr-densho-182-108)
img Japanese Americans picking strawberries (ddr-densho-182-108)
Photo possibly taken on Vashon Island, Washington. Frank Ouchi.
Japanese Americans visiting a strawberry farm (ddr-densho-182-104)
img Japanese Americans visiting a strawberry farm (ddr-densho-182-104)
Photo possibly taken on Vashon Island, Washington. Mimbu, Ouchi, Amano?
img "Hay Cutting" (ddr-densho-201-241)
Swiss farmland. Caption on front: "Hay Cutting."
House and farmland (ddr-densho-201-345)
img House and farmland (ddr-densho-201-345)
Caption on front: "Z. MaeKawa house. Auburn, Washington. Picture taken from White Lake Hill. Gone now. 1946?"
Soldier looking at olive grove (ddr-densho-201-446)
img Soldier looking at olive grove (ddr-densho-201-446)
Silhouette of a soldier looking out over what appears to be an olive grove.
img "Beautiful Switzerland" (ddr-densho-201-239)
Woman standing in front of a farm building, her back turned. Caption on front: "Beautiful Switzerland."
Two Japanese American families on farmland (ddr-densho-259-247)
img Two Japanese American families on farmland (ddr-densho-259-247)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Nikkei visitors to what must surely have been the Willow Flat farm both [Shidzuyo and Masuo Yasui] are dressed in their farm working clothes This photo shows the typical farm working clothes that [Shidzuyo]--and almost all of the Hood River valley Issei women of the time wore, when working in the orchards …
Issei men with team of horses on farm (ddr-densho-259-357)
img Issei men with team of horses on farm (ddr-densho-259-357)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Issei man standing next to a team of horses, an Issei driver and a man standing on the driver's side of a truck loaded with boxes Those boxes look like strawberry crates."
Workers picking strawberries (ddr-densho-259-251)
img Workers picking strawberries (ddr-densho-259-251)
Workers picking strawberries on the Yasui family farm in Willow Flat, Oregon.
Acreage of strawberry plants (ddr-densho-259-268)
img Acreage of strawberry plants (ddr-densho-259-268)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A large acreage of strawberry plants I will guess that it was taken at either Summit or in Dee."
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