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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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.
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."
Kenjiro Kida in field (ddr-one-3-78)
img Kenjiro Kida in field (ddr-one-3-78)
Black and white photograph of Kenjiro Kida standing next to a sapling in a field. Above his head is written "Kida" in red ink. On the back is written "Kenjiro Kida" in pencil.
Kay Kido Threw Her Trousseau Overboard to Become American (ddr-one-3-76)
doc Kay Kido Threw Her Trousseau Overboard to Become American (ddr-one-3-76)
November 5, 1953 issue of the Mt. Adams Sun, Volume XIX, Number 6. The newspaper contains an article on the front page titled "Kay Kido Threw Her Trousseau Overboard to Become American." The article is about the Kenjiro and Miyuki "Kay" Kida process for American citizenship and their experiences living in the United States.
George Pyatt in front of downed tree (ddr-one-3-77)
img George Pyatt in front of downed tree (ddr-one-3-77)
Black and white photograph of four people, two standing on a downed tree, two sanding in front. George Pyatt standing in front of the down tree on the right side, "Pyatt" written below in red ink. Written on back of photograph: "Kay and Kida will know this one. George Pyatt in foreground."
Cart (ddr-one-1-632)
img Cart (ddr-one-1-632)
Black and white photographic negative of a cart with dirt covering the wheels.
Welding (ddr-one-1-442)
img Welding (ddr-one-1-442)
Color slide of an unidentified man wearing a welding helmet and holding tools. Appears to be working on repairing a piece of machinery. According to donor processed on June 20, 1951.
Frank on a tractor (ddr-one-1-574)
img Frank on a tractor (ddr-one-1-574)
Black and white photographic negative of Frank Hirahara sitting on an old tractor at a farm.
Tractors (ddr-one-1-452)
img Tractors (ddr-one-1-452)
Color slide of two parked John Deere tractors in a field, appears to be an old John Deere 1940s model M and a newer 1950s Model A with a fork loader attached to the front. According to donor processed on June 20, 1951. For black and white negative please see ONLC 4821, for black and white …
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.
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).
Kitako Izumizaki Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1015-3-22)
vh Kitako Izumizaki Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1015-3-22)
Changes in agriculture: the shift from small farmers to large companies
Bill Hirabayashi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1014-4-2)
vh Bill Hirabayashi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1014-4-2)
Father's formation of a farming corporation with other families
Frank Kitamoto Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1001-25-22)
vh Frank Kitamoto Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1001-25-22)
Historical relationship between Japanese Americans and Filipino Americans on Bainbridge Island
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 10 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-10)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 10 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-10)
Establishment of "farming clusters" within the Japanese American community
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 5 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-5)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 5 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-5)
Father's decision to form NKS, an agricultural partnership with two other Issei men
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