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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Clearing the land, contributions of farmers to Seattle's Eastside land development
Fred Y. Hoshiyama Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-275-1)
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Father's role in forming the Yamato Colony

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Kara Kondo Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-139-4)
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Description of early community life for Issei living in the Yakima valley
Kara Kondo Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-139-15)
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Family's farm prewar: crops raised, effects of the Great Depression
Kazue Yamamoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-197-2)
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Helping out on family farm

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Earl Hanson Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-160-5)
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Discussion of prewar occupations on Bainbridge Island: Port Blakely mill, strawberry farming

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Earl Hanson Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-160-4)
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Early memories of Japanese American neighbors and their greenhouses

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