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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Tomio Moriguchi Interview IV Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-62-7)
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The family's decision to expand and move the store

Filmed on location.

Tomio Moriguchi Interview IV Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-62-2)
vh Tomio Moriguchi Interview IV Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-62-2)
The introduction of pan-Asian products at Uwajimaya

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Tomio Moriguchi Interview IV Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-62-10)
vh Tomio Moriguchi Interview IV Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-62-10)
Being a part of Seattle's International District community: growth, change, leadership

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Tomio Moriguchi Interview IV Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-62-5)
vh Tomio Moriguchi Interview IV Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-62-5)
Various roles siblings play in running Uwajimaya, Inc.

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

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Richard Murakami Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-64-7)
vh Richard Murakami Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-64-7)
Growing up in a station house on pilings, family's Oyster Packing Co.
Gerald L. Beppu Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-435-1-1)
vh Gerald L. Beppu Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-435-1-1)
Father's acquisition of Togo's Tackle shop This interview was supported, in part, by a grant from 4Culture.
Katsugo Miho Interview II Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1022-2-3)
vh Katsugo Miho Interview II Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1022-2-3)
Description of various industries and professions within the Japanese American Community
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