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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Crew of Japanese laborers (ddr-densho-259-354)
img Crew of Japanese laborers (ddr-densho-259-354)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Japanese laborers standing in the back row, and a group sitting in the front on the ground I will guess that this crew was picking applies."
Japanese American man picking apples (ddr-densho-259-254)
img Japanese American man picking apples (ddr-densho-259-254)
Japanese American man in a suit picking apples, possibly in Willow Flat, Oregon.
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."
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 …
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).
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?
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.
img "Beautiful Switzerland" (ddr-densho-201-239)
Woman standing in front of a farm building, her back turned. Caption on front: "Beautiful Switzerland."
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.
Issei laborers eating apples on a farm (ddr-densho-259-353)
img Issei laborers eating apples on a farm (ddr-densho-259-353)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Japanese laborers having at least a refreshment break in front of a couple of wooden sheds The men appear to be eating apples."
White brother and sister picking strawberries (ddr-densho-259-249)
img White brother and sister picking strawberries (ddr-densho-259-249)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "This was 'Peggy' Smith on the left, and her brother Chandler Smith on the right, and they were picking strawberries on our Willow Flat farm."
Two men in an apple orchard (ddr-densho-259-260)
img Two men in an apple orchard (ddr-densho-259-260)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Masuo Yasui] and a young Japanese man wearing a striped suit and holding an apple in each hand. I don't know who this man was."
img "Women packing strawberries" (ddr-densho-259-346)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Women packing strawberries Since the crew of packers are entirely Caucasian, if it was taken in Hood River, it almost surely was taken in some Caucasian farmer's packing house."
Board of Directors of the Apple Growers Association (ddr-densho-259-29)
img Board of Directors of the Apple Growers Association (ddr-densho-259-29)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "I don't recognize any of the 14 Caucasian men in this group picture with [Masuo Yasui], but I suspect that they were the Board of Directors of the Apple Growers Association."
Man on tree stump surveying timberland (ddr-densho-259-245)
img Man on tree stump surveying timberland (ddr-densho-259-245)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Family friend surveying timberland with Mt. Hood in the background."
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