Work and jobs

Both Issei and Nisei took jobs within the camps, at wages set not to exceed soldiers' pay: $12 per month for unskilled labor, $16 for skilled labor, and $19 for professional employees. WRA staff was paid much more for the same jobs. Though public opinion mandated such low pay, dissatisfied Japanese Americans objected to losing their right to make a decent living. They had to use their sparse income for necessities, such as warm clothing and shoes.

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Frank Emi Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1002-9-4)
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Working in camp

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on issues surrounding the …

Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1002-2-8)
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Working for a ditch repair crew in Minidoka

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily …

Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1002-2-13)
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Working in the Minidoka fire department

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on …

Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1002-4-9)
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Working in camp as a carpenter, then in the hospital

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, …

Harry Ueno Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1002-7-13)
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Working in the camp mess hall: making do when certain foods are in short supply

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection …

Harry Ueno Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1002-7-11)
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Working in camp: clearing sagebrush, then applying to work in mess hall

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not …

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 26 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-26)
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Opening eyes with Heart Mountain's highly successful agricultural program
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 22 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-22)
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Working with farmers from different regions to develop concentration camp farm system
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 23 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-23)
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Description of the camp agricultural program: growing Japanese vegetables for camp consumption
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 24 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-24)
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Working to harvest produce grown in Heart Mountain's agricultural program
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 21 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-21)
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Moving to Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming; eventually working for the agricultural department
Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 11 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-11)
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Working as a buyer for camp co-op store

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Akio Hoshino Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-26-9)
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Minidoka concentration camp: social life, work, impact of incarceration on families
Marianne West Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-120-5)
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Life in the Tule Lake concentration camp, working as a "block mother"

This interview took place at the 2000 Tule Lake Pilgrimage in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Jim Akutsu Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-2-26)
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Working on the border post crew and as an engineer in Minidoka concentration camp

Interview was conducted over two days because of delays caused by technical difficulties.

Jim Akutsu Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-2-27)
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Jobs in Minidoka concentration camp: border post crew, engineer; being stop-listed by camp administrators

Interview was conducted over two days because of delays caused by technical difficulties.

June Takahashi Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-88-23)
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Memories of "Camp Minidoka" as a teenager: school and work
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