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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[Mr. and Mrs. Taniguchi] (ddr-csujad-56-289)
img [Mr. and Mrs. Taniguchi] (ddr-csujad-56-289)
Mr. and Mrs. Taniguchi pose together. 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: nbea08-04-031
[Men in orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-276)
img [Men in orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-276)
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
Two Japanese Americans picking strawberries (ddr-densho-2-26)
img Two Japanese Americans picking strawberries (ddr-densho-2-26)
Shown here are Peggie Yorita and Sho Nakagawa of the Yamashita Shipping Company in a strawberry field.
Woman in a tomato field (ddr-densho-2-21)
img Woman in a tomato field (ddr-densho-2-21)
Peggie Yorita holds a bucket of tomatoes from her parents' farm.
Three women on a farm (ddr-densho-9-3)
img Three women on a farm (ddr-densho-9-3)
Left to right: Teruko Hoshino, Katsuyo Hoshino, and Mitsue Shiraishi.
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