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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Ranch landscape (ddr-densho-325-327)
img Ranch landscape (ddr-densho-325-327)
Written on back of photograph "Nov. '47 Home Ranch"
Sansei baby (ddr-densho-325-400)
img Sansei baby (ddr-densho-325-400)
Eddie Horiuchi Written on back of the photograph "Nov. '50 1 yr. old Uratsu's Orchard"
Farming fields in Tokyo (ddr-densho-299-49)
img Farming fields in Tokyo (ddr-densho-299-49)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-1870. 18 March 49 / NRS Project: / Use of land on flood plain of the / Tamagawa River, Tokyo for growing / wheat and cabbage. / Photographer - Dunn / Photograph by U.S. Army"
Japanese farmer planting rice (ddr-densho-299-176)
img Japanese farmer planting rice (ddr-densho-299-176)
Caption: "Rice plants are planted individually by hand in the muddy soil."
Farmers weeding potato fields (ddr-densho-299-10)
img Farmers weeding potato fields (ddr-densho-299-10)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-48-6063. 17 July 48 / Crop collection report: / In Japan, as is shown in this picture / taken in the Urawa area, Saitama / Prefecture, farmers weed their / potatoes by hand. / Photographer - Calmus / Photograph by U.S. Army Signal Corps."
Japanese farmers threshing rice (ddr-densho-299-63)
img Japanese farmers threshing rice (ddr-densho-299-63)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-47-77289. 14 July 47 / Japanese farmers work hard: / Japanese farmers, working on a / farm located near Mount Fuji, / Japan, thresh rice by means of a / foot driven machine. This is / extremely fatiguing work, and / the operation must be executed / with great care as grain left …
Crops growing in bombed out buildings (ddr-densho-299-7)
img Crops growing in bombed out buildings (ddr-densho-299-7)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-2015. 30 March 49 / NRS Project: / Production of food crops among bombed / out buildings showing utilization of / every available space. / Photographer-Crowe / Photograph by U.S. Army."
A woman cultivating crops in a bombed out area (ddr-densho-299-23)
img A woman cultivating crops in a bombed out area (ddr-densho-299-23)
Caption in reverse: "FEC-49-1946. 25 March 49 / NRS Project: / Utilization of every available space / for production of food crops, even / among the rubble of bombed ruins / and foundations. Woman with baby / on her back cultivating winter wheat / Tokyo metropolitan area. / Photographer - Crowe / Photograph by U.S. Army."
A water wheel in an agricultural valley (ddr-densho-299-26)
img A water wheel in an agricultural valley (ddr-densho-299-26)
Caption on reverse: "WPA-46-69188. 25 Nov 46 / Agricultural Japan: / This scene of one of the many valleys / in Japan, shows the intensity of Japanese / agriculture, and the utilization of every / available source of power, as shown by / the water wheel in the middle of this / field. (Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan). …
Crops growing in a flood plane (ddr-densho-299-24)
img Crops growing in a flood plane (ddr-densho-299-24)
Caption in reverse: "FEC-49-1868. 18 March 49 / NRS Project: / Use of land on flood plane of the / Tamagawa River, Tokyo for growing / wheat and vegetables. Quite common / now in urban districts. / Photographer - Dunn / Photograph by U.S. Army."
A farmer hoeing a field to plant rice (ddr-densho-299-8)
img A farmer hoeing a field to plant rice (ddr-densho-299-8)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-47-77281. 14 July 47 / Rice planted in Japan: / A rice paddy near Mount Fuji, Japan, / is prepared for planting by hoeing / unplowed portions of the field by / hand. This field, flooded to a / depth of eight inches, will do its / part in alleviated Japan's serious / …
Farmers learning about the land reform laws (ddr-densho-299-194)
img Farmers learning about the land reform laws (ddr-densho-299-194)
Caption: "Farmers at a meeting where they learn about the land reform laws which were enacted for / their benefit."
Farming in bombed out areas (ddr-densho-299-12)
img Farming in bombed out areas (ddr-densho-299-12)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-1871. 18 March 49 / NRS Project: / Utilization of every available plot / of ground - use of the soil between / the foundations of bombed out areas / for growing foodstuffs. Tokyo. / Photographer - Dunn / Photograph by U.S. Army."
Japanese farm in the mountains (ddr-densho-299-62)
img Japanese farm in the mountains (ddr-densho-299-62)
Caption on reverse: "WPA-46-69189. 25 Nov 46 / Japanese Farm: / This Japanese farm in the mountain range / of Yamanashi Prefecture is a good example / of the clean, well kept, and fully culti- / vated fields of the Japanese farm. / Photographer - Wheeler / Photograph by U.S. Army"
Letter sent to Kayuko Uno at Pinedale Assembly Center (ddr-densho-324-70)
doc Letter sent to Kayuko Uno at Pinedale Assembly Center (ddr-densho-324-70)
Correspondence from Carl Prato regarding management of the Uno's farm while they were incarcerated.
Letter regarding seed purchases (ddr-densho-324-73)
doc Letter regarding seed purchases (ddr-densho-324-73)
Correspondence and receipts regarding seed purchases for the Uno farm.
Letter sent to Kinuta Uno at Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-324-71)
doc Letter sent to Kinuta Uno at Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-324-71)
Correspondence from Carl Prato regarding sale of the Uno's farm and equipment.
Gidra, Vol. I, No. 3 (June 1969) (ddr-densho-297-3)
doc Gidra, Vol. I, No. 3 (June 1969) (ddr-densho-297-3)
Selected article titlese: "The Persecution Rests" (p. 1), "CS, It's a Gas!" (p. 1), "Reflections in a Slanted Eye" (p. 2), "Grapes Are Coming!" (p. 4).
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