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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[Men in orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-276)
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Three men, one seated and two standing, in 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 …
[Mrs. Taniguchi in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-309)
img [Mrs. Taniguchi in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-309)
Mrs. Taniguchi in her 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: nbea08-04-051
Japanese American News Clippings during the period of August 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-15)
doc Japanese American News Clippings during the period of August 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-15)
This document contains news clippings and articles about Japanese Americans from different tabloids during the period of August 1943. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_01-06_01
Japanese American News clippings, September-October 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-20)
doc Japanese American News clippings, September-October 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-20)
This document contains news clippings and articles about Japanese Americans from various tabloids during the period from September to October 1943. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_01-11_01
An Oral History with J.S. Kishiyama and Y. Kishiyama (ddr-csujad-29-3)
av An Oral History with J.S. Kishiyama and Y. Kishiyama (ddr-csujad-29-3)
Reflections of an elderly Orange County, California couple on their experiences in America. He recounts his years as an immigrant; she discusses her family background, makeup of Japanese-American community, and rural living. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project, Oral History Program, California State University, Fullerton; interview conducted by Pat Morgan. …
An Oral History with Woodrow Odanaka (ddr-csujad-29-14)
av An Oral History with Woodrow Odanaka (ddr-csujad-29-14)
Impressions of a Nisei concerning pre-World War II family produce business in Los Angeles, California; removal to Santa Anita Assembly Center in California, and the Granada incarceration camp in Colorado; wartime college experiences in Minnesota; and Army military intelligence duties in the Philippines and occupied Japan. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese American Oral …
An Oral History with Mitsuo Nitta (ddr-csujad-29-4)
doc An Oral History with Mitsuo Nitta (ddr-csujad-29-4)
Oral history with Nisei farmer/businessman from pioneering Orange County, California family gives prewar biographical information with emphasis on Japanese Americans in Orange County. Discusses World War II forced removal, experiences in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the role of the Japanese American Citizens League before and after World War II. This oral history was conducted …
[Soto Kitasaki in field] (ddr-csujad-29-165)
img [Soto Kitasaki in field] (ddr-csujad-29-165)
Photograph of Soto Kitasaki in a field doing agricultural work. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P106
An Oral History with Seiko Ishida (ddr-csujad-29-11)
av An Oral History with Seiko Ishida (ddr-csujad-29-11)
Retired Kibei teacher recounts samurai parents' background and their immigration to Seattle, Washington; socioeconomic composition of Seattle's Japanese community; earlier teacher training; prewar stays in Japan as a child and as a tutor in a missionary family; experiences as a teacher in the wartime resettlement in New York; and postwar return to Los Angeles. This oral …
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
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 15 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-15)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 15 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-15)
Description of Japanese produce farmers' selling and wholesale process
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 16 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-16)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 16 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-16)
Cooperative efforts amongst Japanese farmers: trade secrets, co-op
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