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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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Horse drawn plow in sugar beet farm (ddr-csujad-25-98)
img Horse drawn plow in sugar beet farm (ddr-csujad-25-98)
A photograph of a horse drawn plow in a sugar beet farm. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_040
Tamie and Haruko Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-257)
img Tamie and Haruko Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-257)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the pages are eight photographs taken in El Monte, California. Include Kamie and Haruko Taenaka. Photographs also include Durfee's house, and a ranch with horses and cattle, where the Taenakas work. The photographs are probably taken in 1913. See this object in the California State Universities …
Tamesaburo and Kamie Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-255)
img Tamesaburo and Kamie Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-255)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are four photographs taken in El Monte, California. Include Tamesaburo and Kamie Taenaka. These are probably taken in 1913. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_050
Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-83)
img Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-83)
A photograph of the Taenaka family in a farm, Brighton, Colorado. Includes Tamesaburo Taenaka and Yaeko Taenaka [?] in McMorrow's sugar beet farm. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_025
Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-99)
img Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-99)
A photograph of farmers, probably the Taenaka family, and a plow in a sugar beet farm. The photograph appears to be taken in Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_041
[Mother and baby] (ddr-csujad-56-303)
img [Mother and baby] (ddr-csujad-56-303)
Mother poses with her baby. 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: nbea08-04-045
[Children in front of house] (ddr-csujad-56-296)
img [Children in front of house] (ddr-csujad-56-296)
Double-exposed photo of two children seated in front of foliage and house. 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 …
[Family in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-259)
img [Family in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-259)
Four adults and two children are photographed in Taniguchi 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 …
[Taniguchi apple dryer] (ddr-csujad-56-308)
img [Taniguchi apple dryer] (ddr-csujad-56-308)
The Taniguchi apple dryer, located in Sebastopol. 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: …
[Crop land] (ddr-csujad-56-173)
img [Crop land] (ddr-csujad-56-173)
In the foreground, a man of the camp works water through the field with a hoe. In the background, more camp internees work on the crops. Photo provided by Tak Kameoka. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-02-040
[Mrs. Taniguchi with group] (ddr-csujad-56-265)
img [Mrs. Taniguchi with group] (ddr-csujad-56-265)
Mrs. Taniguchi with other adults and several children in hats. 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 …
[Family group in front of house] (ddr-csujad-56-262)
img [Family group in front of house] (ddr-csujad-56-262)
One adult and six children pose in front of house. Photo is labeled, "Osaki". 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 …
[Children amongst foliage] (ddr-csujad-56-294)
img [Children amongst foliage] (ddr-csujad-56-294)
Five children pose amongst foliage. 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: nbea08-04-036
[Man and child near car] (ddr-csujad-56-305)
img [Man and child near car] (ddr-csujad-56-305)
Man and child pose near car. 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: nbea08-04-047
[Group in vehicle] (ddr-csujad-56-286)
img [Group in vehicle] (ddr-csujad-56-286)
Adults and children seated in back of vehicle, 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 …
[Children in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-292)
img [Children in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-292)
Three children in Taniguchi 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: nbea08-04-034
[Mr. and Mrs. Hiroshi and others] (ddr-csujad-56-279)
img [Mr. and Mrs. Hiroshi and others] (ddr-csujad-56-279)
Mr. and Mrs. Hiroshi with two other adults in front of car and building. 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 …
[Couple in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-282)
img [Couple in apple orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-282)
Two adults stand amidst flowers and orchard trees. 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 …
[Children in front of house] (ddr-csujad-56-291)
img [Children in front of house] (ddr-csujad-56-291)
Three children pose near tree, in front of house. 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 …
[Harvesting] (ddr-csujad-56-172)
img [Harvesting] (ddr-csujad-56-172)
Five men of the camp harvesting crops from the field. The bottom left side of the photo is blurry and much of it is hard to decipher. Photo provided by Tak Kameoka. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-02-039
[Baby and children] (ddr-csujad-56-274)
img [Baby and children] (ddr-csujad-56-274)
Two photos: Baby in chair. Two children at steering wheel. 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 …
[Pig pens] (ddr-csujad-56-183)
img [Pig pens] (ddr-csujad-56-183)
Group of pigs in a maze of pigpens at camp. Photo provided by Tak Kameoka. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-02-050
[Women on porch] (ddr-csujad-56-300)
img [Women on porch] (ddr-csujad-56-300)
Two women stand on porch, behind garden. 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: …
[Produce display] (ddr-csujad-56-164)
img [Produce display] (ddr-csujad-56-164)
Display of produce with pieces of paper placed on them. Photo provided by Tak Kameoka. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-02-031
Interview with Takeshi Kameoka, (audio) (ddr-csujad-56-2)
av Interview with Takeshi Kameoka, (audio) (ddr-csujad-56-2)
Sonoma County resident Takeshi Kameoka was interviewed on April 15, 1978, by a Sonoma State University student for the North Bay Ethnic Archive Project. He talks about early life, moving to Japan with his family following father's death, returning to US and taking up vegetable farming. Discusses church as center of Japanese American community. See this …
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