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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Sue K. Embrey Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-6-3)
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Work in Manzanar concentration camp: making camouflage nets, writing for the Free Press

This interview was conducted at the Voices of Japanese American Redress Conference, held on the UCLA campus and sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. Because of the full conference schedule, our …

May Y. Namba Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-171-18)
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Finding work in camp: teacher's assistant, administration office
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 49 (ddr-densho-1000-12-49)
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Daily life in Tule Lake concentration camp: housework, social visits, jobs
Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 45 (ddr-densho-1000-153-45)
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Moving to permanent camp in Jerome, Arkansas; working as the storekeeper for the food warehouse

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of his life experiences are similar to those who …

Kay Matsuoka Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-48-34)
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Staying busy in camp, carpentry, gardening, and teaching dressmaking
Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-138-7)
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Gaining valuable experience working as a male attendant in the camp hospital

William Toshio Yasutake was interviewed together with his sister Mitsuye (Yasutake) Yamada and surviving brother, Joseph Yasutake, in group sessions on October 8-9, 2002. He was interviewed individually on November 14, 2002.

Before being contacted by Densho, the Yasutake siblings had planned to conduct …

Jimi Yamaichi Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-106-9)
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Running into German POWs in Grand Junction, Colorado while on work crew
Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-92-18)
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Recruited to become a mess hall cook at fourteen years old in Poston concentration camp

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-92-20)
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Working as a warehouse foreman, accused of selling goods on the black-market

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-92-19)
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An accident while working in the camp mess hall

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

George Yoshida Interview Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-132-26)
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Witnessing medical reactions to incarceration while working at a camp hospital
George Yoshida Interview Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-132-24)
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Life in Poston concentration camp: observing Nisei in a variety of professions
Takashi Hoshizaki Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-290-16)
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Working in the assembly center mess hall

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Bill Nishimura Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-119-5)
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Daily activities at Poston concentration camp, Arizona

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

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