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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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[Woman in front of building] (ddr-csujad-56-307)
img [Woman in front of building] (ddr-csujad-56-307)
Woman stands in front of 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 State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-04-049
[Mr. Taniguchi standing on board] (ddr-csujad-56-302)
img [Mr. Taniguchi standing on board] (ddr-csujad-56-302)
Mr. Taniguchi holding bowl and other items, while standing on board. 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 …
Oh! My aching back! (ddr-csujad-56-171)
img Oh! My aching back! (ddr-csujad-56-171)
Men of the camp working in the field with baskets next to them for harvesting. Photo provided by Tak Kameoka. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-02-038
[Woman with baby] (ddr-csujad-56-281)
img [Woman with baby] (ddr-csujad-56-281)
Woman holding baby, near building in 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 …
[Children in orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-293)
img [Children in orchard] (ddr-csujad-56-293)
Close-up of two 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 …
[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
Farm group panorama (ddr-densho-394-29)
img Farm group panorama (ddr-densho-394-29)
Panoramic photograph of a group at a farm. Written on the back of the photograph is "Inouye Family Farm 1910 Tatsuo is the infant."
Sakata Building, Florin, California (ddr-csujad-55-1592)
img Sakata Building, Florin, California (ddr-csujad-55-1592)
Black and white photograph depicting the Sakata Building and yard near the Florin Fruit Exchange. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1594
Notice from the Heart Mountain Community Council, May 2, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-929)
doc Notice from the Heart Mountain Community Council, May 2, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-929)
Notice regarding date and time of the "poultry project" hearing and information for witnesses who wish to testify. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0931
Map of produce growing sections in the Yamato Colony (ddr-csujad-55-1999)
doc Map of produce growing sections in the Yamato Colony (ddr-csujad-55-1999)
Hand drawn map of produce growing sections in the Yamato Colony covering peaches, hay, asparagus, cantaloupe, squash, and cucumber sections. See also sac_jaac_2090 through sac_jaac_2101. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2102
Memo from the Hearing Committee, Community Council Office, Heart Mountain, to Mr. Keijiro Hoshizaki, April 20, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-926)
doc Memo from the Hearing Committee, Community Council Office, Heart Mountain, to Mr. Keijiro Hoshizaki, April 20, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-926)
Memorandum of understanding from the Heart Mountain Community Council Hearing Committee to Keijiro Hoshizaki regarding the date for an upcoming hearing about the "poultry project" dispute. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0928
Map of Yamato Colony sections (ddr-csujad-55-1998)
doc Map of Yamato Colony sections (ddr-csujad-55-1998)
Hand drawn map of the Yamato Colony sections in Merced County, California. See also sac_jaac_2090 through sac_jaac_2102. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2101
Affidavits from Heart Mountain poultry farm employees, April 1, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-923)
doc Affidavits from Heart Mountain poultry farm employees, April 1, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-923)
Affidavits from poultry farm employees regarding termination of Mr. K. Ichiro Hoshizaki. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0925
Notice from Guy Robertson, Project Director, to the residents of Heart Mountain, October 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-674)
doc Notice from Guy Robertson, Project Director, to the residents of Heart Mountain, October 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-674)
Notice from Guy Robertson to incarcerees regarding labor shortage, recruitment, and operations for agricultural laborers at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0676
Photograph of family on farm (ddr-csujad-55-2617)
img Photograph of family on farm (ddr-csujad-55-2617)
A photograph of family with chicken on a farm. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2781
Minutes from Heart Mountain Victory Gardeners' meeting, November 26, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-672)
doc Minutes from Heart Mountain Victory Gardeners' meeting, November 26, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-672)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Victory Gardeners' meeting. Includes comments about victory gardens at Heart Mountain incarceration camp including recruitment, criticisms, space, and challenges. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0674
Florin Fruit Exchange General Merchandise (ddr-csujad-55-2615)
img Florin Fruit Exchange General Merchandise (ddr-csujad-55-2615)
Photograph with the Florin Fruit Exchange General Merchandise building in background. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2779
Agricultural program, organization (ddr-csujad-55-671)
doc Agricultural program, organization (ddr-csujad-55-671)
Notice from Glen Hartman, chief of Agriculture and Industry, to incarcerees at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp regarding the agricultural program an the formation of a Project Agricultural Committee. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0673
Notice from Harry Tateishi, Foreman, Canal Project, to the residents of Heart Mountain, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-670)
doc Notice from Harry Tateishi, Foreman, Canal Project, to the residents of Heart Mountain, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-670)
Notice from Harry Tateishi, foreman on Canal Project, to incarcerees at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp regarding a forthcoming agricultural program and irrigation project. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0672
Horse drawn plow in sugar beet farm (ddr-csujad-25-101)
img Horse drawn plow in sugar beet farm (ddr-csujad-25-101)
A photograph of horses for a 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_043
Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-81)
img Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-81)
A photograph of the Taenaka family in a farm, Brighton, Colorado. Includes Tamesaburo Taenaka, Kamie Taenaka, Ukichi Taenaka [?], and Yaeko Taenaka [?], harvesting sugar beets in McMorrow's farm. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0091. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_023
Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-100)
img Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-100)
A photograph of a farmer, probably Taenaka family member, and a horse drawn 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_042
Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-103)
img Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-103)
A photograph of farmers, probably the Taenaka family, and a horse drawn 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_045
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