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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Arrivals (ddr-hmwf-1-199)
img Arrivals (ddr-hmwf-1-199)
"Hanako request, June 20 1044, Denson Arkansas arrivals (June 15)" as described on back
Arrivals (ddr-hmwf-1-200)
img Arrivals (ddr-hmwf-1-200)
"Hanako request, June 20 1044, Denson Arkansas arrivals (June 15)" as described on back
Kawamoto house (ddr-densho-359-1095)
img Kawamoto house (ddr-densho-359-1095)
Photographs of the Kawamoto property taken by George Evans in 1944.
The Leader Editoral (ddr-densho-359-1226)
doc The Leader Editoral (ddr-densho-359-1226)
A typed version of a letter to the editor of "The Leader" newspaper communicating anti-Japanese - American sentiments and a response by another member of the community. The response tells the history of the Kawamoto family in the Leland, WA community.
Chicken house (ddr-densho-359-300)
img Chicken house (ddr-densho-359-300)
Caption under the photograph in the album "Chicken house in the making"
Kawamoto house (ddr-densho-359-1096)
img Kawamoto house (ddr-densho-359-1096)
Photographs of the Kawamoto property taken by George Evans in 1944.
Field work (ddr-densho-359-779)
img Field work (ddr-densho-359-779)
The caption in the album is written in Japanese.
Kawamoto house and fields (ddr-densho-359-700)
img Kawamoto house and fields (ddr-densho-359-700)
Three people stand in a field with the Kawamoto house and outbuildings in the background.
Cows in a field (ddr-densho-359-1094)
img Cows in a field (ddr-densho-359-1094)
Photographs of the Kawamoto property taken by George Evans in 1944.
Sugar Cane Harvesting (ddr-densho-363-238)
img Sugar Cane Harvesting (ddr-densho-363-238)
Pat Kuroda attended the 442nd Regimental Combat Team 10th Anniversary Reunion in Hawaii from July 27th to July 31st, 1953.
Farm group panorama (ddr-densho-394-29)
img Farm group panorama (ddr-densho-394-29)
Panoramic photograph of a group at a farm. Written on the back of the photograph is "Inouye Family Farm 1910 Tatsuo is the infant."
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, No. 16 (October 18, 1963) (ddr-pc-35-42)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, No. 16 (October 18, 1963) (ddr-pc-35-42)
Selected article titles: "U.S. Population Data on Japanese Revealed" (p. 1), "Japan's Postwar Constitution Hailed as 'Highly Workable' by Nisei Scholar" (pp. 1-2), "Hayasaka Keeps Busy Explaining Seattle Open-Housing Ordinance" (pp. 1-2), and "Task of Introducing Sugar Cane in Persian Area Described as Similar to Imperial Valley Falls upon Shoulder of Nisei" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 21 (November 20, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-47)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 21 (November 20, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-47)
Selected article titles: "Seattle Sansei Freed on Bail in Mississippi" (p.1-2), "Japanese Language Project" (p.1-2), "ACLU Supports NAACP Suit to Void Prop. 14" (p.1), "When Bracero Program Ends, Call Retained Mexican Workers 'Primo'" (p1, 3), "'Inclusion' of Negro Jurors if Deliberate Held as Unconstitutional as 'Exclusion'" (p.3).
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