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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Jimi Yamaichi Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-106-2)
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Description of the family farm in San Jose, California, "[W]e worked three days for $10..."
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-12-7)
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Activities in the Bellevue Japanese American farming community
Seichi Hayashida Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-14-8)
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Vegetable Growers Association and relations with those outside the Japanese American community
Gordon Hirabayashi Interview I Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-17-8)
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Farm co-ops in the Japanese American community: wartime and postwar
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
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Family's farm prewar: crops raised, effects of the Great Depression
Homer Yasui Interview II Segment 12 (ddr-one-7-27-12)
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The prewar agricultural community in Hood River, Oregon

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Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-12-6)
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Growing up on the family farm, balancing farm chores and school
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Description of the Japanese American farming community in Bellevue
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Clearing the land, contributions of farmers to Seattle's Eastside land development