Small business

Japanese American businesses, such as groceries, fish shops, laundries, barbershops, public bathhouses, restaurants, drugstores, and dry goods stores, sprang up in communities along the West Coast. Women and children were vitally important to these "mom and pop" enterprises, as their free labor allowed the family to survive and even prosper during lean times.

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Richard Murakami Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-64-7)
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Growing up in a station house on pilings, family's Oyster Packing Co.
Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-143-10)
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Hectic life helping with family's restaurant business in Seattle's Nihonmachi
Tad Sato Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-82-3)
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Father's retail business in Seattle's Japantown

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

Archie Miyatake Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-299-4)
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Father opens photo studio which caters to Hollywood customers

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