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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[Mr. Taniguchi with children] (ddr-csujad-56-277)
img [Mr. Taniguchi with children] (ddr-csujad-56-277)
Mr. Taniguchi with camera and three children on house steps. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American …
[Adult and children in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-264)
img [Adult and children in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-264)
Two children and one adult in Taniguchi apple orchard. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
[Group on platform in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-278)
img [Group on platform in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-278)
Group poses on platform in Taniguchi apple orchard. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
[Mrs. Taniguchi and family group] (ddr-csujad-56-275)
img [Mrs. Taniguchi and family group] (ddr-csujad-56-275)
Mrs. Taniguchi and another woman with five children. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
[Produce display] (ddr-csujad-56-163)
img [Produce display] (ddr-csujad-56-163)
Display of produce with blurry label "unit 3, Fujii". Photo provided by Tak Kameoka. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-02-030
[Women in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-266)
img [Women in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-266)
Two women with ladder, in Taniguchi apple orchard. Photo is labeled "Miake, Shiichi". The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State …
[Girl in front of foliage] (ddr-csujad-56-288)
img [Girl in front of foliage] (ddr-csujad-56-288)
Young girl in front of foliage. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-04-030
[Mr. and Mrs. Taniguchi and group] (ddr-csujad-56-290)
img [Mr. and Mrs. Taniguchi and group] (ddr-csujad-56-290)
Mr. and Mrs. Taniguchi and group amongst foliage. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
[Family group amongst foliage] (ddr-csujad-56-261)
img [Family group amongst foliage] (ddr-csujad-56-261)
One adult and three children pose amongst foliage. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
[Apple tree pruning] (ddr-csujad-56-260)
img [Apple tree pruning] (ddr-csujad-56-260)
Two adults prune a tree in Taniguchi apple orchard. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
[Kawase Ranch] (ddr-csujad-56-257)
img [Kawase Ranch] (ddr-csujad-56-257)
Kawase Ranch with a car in the driveway. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-03-066
[Man in front of building] (ddr-csujad-56-301)
img [Man in front of building] (ddr-csujad-56-301)
Man, with hat in hand, stands in front of building. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American …
[Woman and child in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-284)
img [Woman and child in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-284)
Woman holding baby in apple orchard. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-04-026
[Mr. Taniguchi in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-272)
img [Mr. Taniguchi in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-272)
Mr. Taniguchi on a ladder in his apple orchard. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
[Incarcerees in the field] (ddr-csujad-56-168)
img [Incarcerees in the field] (ddr-csujad-56-168)
Six male incarcerees working in the field, five in the foreground and one in the back. Photo provided by Tak Kameoka. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-02-035
[Taniguchi apple dryer] (ddr-csujad-56-271)
img [Taniguchi apple dryer] (ddr-csujad-56-271)
The Taniguchi apple dryer, located in Sebastopol. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
[Woman in front of building] (ddr-csujad-56-307)
img [Woman in front of building] (ddr-csujad-56-307)
Woman stands in front of building. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-04-049
[Mr. Taniguchi standing on board] (ddr-csujad-56-302)
img [Mr. Taniguchi standing on board] (ddr-csujad-56-302)
Mr. Taniguchi holding bowl and other items, while standing on board. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
[Mrs. Taniguchi and family in orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-280)
img [Mrs. Taniguchi and family in orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-280)
Mrs. Tanuguchi with adults and children in Taniguchi apple orchard. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American …
[Outdoor scenes] (ddr-csujad-56-268)
img [Outdoor scenes] (ddr-csujad-56-268)
Four photos: Two men sitting on grass in pasture. Group running in pasture. Man standing on ladder in Taniguchi apple orchard. Adults and children pose in front of building. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to …
[Produce display] (ddr-csujad-56-167)
img [Produce display] (ddr-csujad-56-167)
Selection of produce on display with a sign above it saying "Amache Farmers". Photo provided by Tak Kameoka. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-02-034
[Man near tractor] (ddr-csujad-56-269)
img [Man near tractor] (ddr-csujad-56-269)
Man standing near tractor. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-04-011
Oh! My aching back! (ddr-csujad-56-171)
img Oh! My aching back! (ddr-csujad-56-171)
Men of the camp working in the field with baskets next to them for harvesting. Photo provided by Tak Kameoka. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-02-038
[Woman with baby] (ddr-csujad-56-281)
img [Woman with baby] (ddr-csujad-56-281)
Woman holding baby, near building in apple orchard. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
[Children in orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-293)
img [Children in orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-293)
Close-up of two children in Taniguchi apple orchard. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Taniguchi family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
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