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 American farmers prior to mass removal (ddr-densho-151-124)
img Japanese American farmers prior to mass removal (ddr-densho-151-124)
Original caption: San Leandro, California. Family labor transplanting young tomato plants under canvas about ten days prior to evacuation of residents of Japanese ancestry to Assembly Centers.
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?"
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 11 (February 5, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-178)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 11 (February 5, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-178)
"Bodies of 33 More Nisei Soldiers Come Home to U.S.; Group Includes Those of Pacific Northwest Men" (p. 1), "California State Legislature Gets Numerous Anti-Bias Measures" (p. 1), "Mint Becoming Major Washington Crop" (p. 2), "Admitting of Soldier Brides to U.S. Without Respect to Race Sought" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 45 (June 27, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-33)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 45 (June 27, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-33)
"International Body Ousts Local 7 Officers" (p. 1), "Urges Board to Sift Loss in Evacuation" (p. 1), "Death of Race Ties Unit of NHA Set for Monday, June 30; Lack of Funds Forces Move, Aide Says" (p. 1).
Two men in an apple orchard (ddr-densho-259-257)
img Two men in an apple orchard (ddr-densho-259-257)
Two unidentified Japanese American men in an apple orchard, possibly in Willow Flat, Oregon. The man on the left is probably Masuo Yasui.
img "Group of Japanese apple pickers" (ddr-densho-259-356)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Japanese apple pickers The standing white man in the checkered jacket was said to have been Ted Pooley, but I don't know who the other one was. The Pooleys have been associated with the growing, packing and shipping of Hood River fruit from as far back as the early …
Aerial photograph of Mosier Lake, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-202)
img Aerial photograph of Mosier Lake, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-202)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "'Mosier Lake', which was on our farm property in Mosier [Oregon]."
img "Nikkei farm family scene" (ddr-densho-259-133)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A Nikkei farm family scene, taken at one of the early Yasui farms in Summit, which is slightly north and a little west of Odell, Oregon. The farm 'family' was mostly the young Masuo and Shidzuyo Yasuis Sitting back left is, I believe, Yoshizaemon Mori...I think that standing in the center is …
Japanese family visiting a farm (ddr-densho-259-261)
img Japanese family visiting a farm (ddr-densho-259-261)
Unidentified visitors to the Yasui family's farm in Willow Flat, Oregon.
Farmhouse in Japan (ddr-densho-259-542)
img Farmhouse in Japan (ddr-densho-259-542)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A substantial farm house in Japan It must have been the home of a rich farmer."
Strawberry fields (ddr-densho-259-80)
img Strawberry fields (ddr-densho-259-80)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "This is a very large acreage of strawberries on our Willow Flat farm At one time or another, almost all of the land on the 'home 60' (sixty acres) had been planted in strawberries, but of course not at the same time."
Workers picking strawberries (ddr-densho-259-253)
img Workers picking strawberries (ddr-densho-259-253)
Workers picking strawberries, possibly on the Yasui family farm in Willow Flat, Oregon.
Packing house in Mosier, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-345)
img Packing house in Mosier, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-345)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Cement block packing house and storage shed, Mosier, Oregon."
img "Issei women hoeing strawberries" (ddr-densho-259-274)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Two Issei women hoeing strawberries This picture is interesting because it shows them wearing long dresses with long sleeves, and large straw hats. This kind of attire for farm work wasn't the functional and comfortable clothing that the Issei farm women used to wear in our day. Also it shows very well …
Farmers threshing grains during harvest (ddr-densho-299-28)
img Farmers threshing grains during harvest (ddr-densho-299-28)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-47-77285. 14 July 47 / Japanese farmers work together / during harvest time: / Japanese women, men and children / thresh barley and other cereal / grains on a foot-powered threshing / machine at a farm located near / Mount Fuji, Japan. On farms such / as this it is often a community …
Farmers eating lunch next to rice paddies (ddr-densho-299-29)
img Farmers eating lunch next to rice paddies (ddr-densho-299-29)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-47-77286. 14 July 47 / Rice planting in Japan: / At a farm near Mount Fuji, Japan, / a group of Japanese farmers eat / lunch along side of the rice paddy / in which they have been working. Soon / they will be plodding through the / sodden earth again in their …
Crops grown in a bombed out area (ddr-densho-299-32)
img Crops grown in a bombed out area (ddr-densho-299-32)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-2011. 30 March 49 / NRS construction project: / Every available plot of ground is used / for the production of food crops. A / garden being prepared in the rubble / of bombed out building. / Photographer - Crowe / Photograph by U.S. Army."
A farmer in his rice paddy (ddr-densho-299-15)
img A farmer in his rice paddy (ddr-densho-299-15)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-47-77287. 14 July 47 / Japanese rice farming: / A Japanese farmer works in his / large rice paddy located near / Mount Fuji, Japan. Rice is first / planted in special beds of well / fertilized soil, and when it / reaches a certain size it is pulled / up and taken …
Fields in the Arakawa River flood plain (ddr-densho-299-60)
img Fields in the Arakawa River flood plain (ddr-densho-299-60)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-1949. 25 March 49 / NRS Project: / Use of flood plain of the Arakawa River / for winter crops -- Tokyo. / Photographer - Crowe / Photograph by U.S. Army."
Japanese farmers with
img Japanese farmers with "Honey Buckets" full of fertilizer (ddr-densho-299-182)
Caption: "'Honey Buckets' full of human excrement collected to be used for fertilizer."
A field of rice shocks (ddr-densho-299-16)
img A field of rice shocks (ddr-densho-299-16)
Caption on reverse: "WPA-46-69185. 25 Nov 46 / Field of rice shocks: / This field of rice shocks around / Yoshida-mura, Yamakashi, Japan, is / a typical farm scene of Japan in / the fall. / Photographer - Wheeler."
Farmers planting rice (ddr-densho-299-9)
img Farmers planting rice (ddr-densho-299-9)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-47-77282. 14 July 47 / Rice planting in Japan: / Japanese farmers force shoots / of rice into sodden earth of / a paddy located near Mount Fuji, / Japan. This extra-large rice / paddy is part of a ceaseless / battle against starvation in Japan. / Photographer - Kaye / Photograph by …
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