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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Co-op movement in Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-26-6)
doc Co-op movement in Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-26-6)
Chronological report of the organization and initial leadership of the co-op movement at Tule Lake as decided by the War Relocation Authority (WRA). Includes details of the process, advisory council meetings, incarceree participation, and establishment proceedings. Report compiled as a portion of the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS). See this object in the California …
Photograph proofs (ddr-densho-359-486)
img Photograph proofs (ddr-densho-359-486)
A sheet of photograph proofs including photographs from a butcher, outdoor winter scenes, and indoor scenes.
Man behind clothing store counter (ddr-densho-383-380)
img Man behind clothing store counter (ddr-densho-383-380)
Kameki Inouye pictured in his men's clothing store at 504 King St. Written on mat: "Grandfather Inouye first store King St. between 5th & 6th".
Basketball team photo (ddr-densho-383-374)
img Basketball team photo (ddr-densho-383-374)
The basketball team was sponsored by George Tokuda's pharmacy business, Tokuda Drug. George Tokuda is pictured third from right. The team won the championship for the league in 1949.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No. 7 (August 17, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-33)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No. 7 (August 17, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-33)
Selected article titles: "Evacuation Claims Clarification" (p.1), "Kennedy Asked to Direct IRS Defer Action on Tax Claim" (p.1), "Religious Freedom for U.S. Buddhists" (p.2), "Nisei Rebuffed 20 Years Ago by Bakers Union Voted Head of Retail Bakers Group" (p.4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No. 21 (November 23, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-47)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No. 21 (November 23, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-47)
Selected article titles: "Trade Unions Join White House Push to Eliminate Discrimination in Jobs" (p.1-2), "President's Comm. On Equal Employment Opportunity Reviews 19-Month Operation" (p.1), "Japanese History Project on Threshold of $200,000" (p.1), "Small Business Adm. Charters First Nisei Corporation for Operation in Southland" (p.3).
A basket shop owner and his family (ddr-densho-299-22)
img A basket shop owner and his family (ddr-densho-299-22)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-48-3062. 23 April 1948 / Living standards in Japan: / This photograph of a Japanese family / is to be used in a S & S feature story / on the difference in living standards / throughout Japan. Mr. T. Kakizawa / (extreme right), directs an employee / in his lacquer basket shop …
Japanese man shaping a glass bowl (ddr-densho-299-48)
img Japanese man shaping a glass bowl (ddr-densho-299-48)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-2856. 23 April 49 / Manufacturing glassware in Japan: / One of the oldest and highly skilled / employees at Hoya Glass Factory, / Tokyo, Japan, uses a pair of shears / to trim off surplus glass as he care- / fully styles a bowl. / Photographer - Girard / Photograph by U.S. …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 19 (November 7, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-44)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 19 (November 7, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-44)
Edition contains Mail Order Supplement, A-D, between pages 4 and 5. Selected article titles: "'Star Trek' Star Honored by Hollywood" (pp. 1, 8), "L.A.'s Nikkei-Oriented Movie Theater Closes Doors" (pp. 1, 5), "Mineta Recalls Impact of 99th Congress on JAs" (p. 2), and "Take Risks, Help Others, Matsui Tells Students" (pp. 6-7).
G. S. Fukumoto Company Storefront (ddr-sbbt-1-9)
img G. S. Fukumoto Company Storefront (ddr-sbbt-1-9)
A man stands behind the counter at the G. S. Fukumoto Company: Watchmakers and Jewelers.
Dual photo (ddr-densho-442-310)
img Dual photo (ddr-densho-442-310)
Photograph with two pictures, both images show Shika Ohashi standing outside the Ohashi family store.
Three children (ddr-densho-442-238)
img Three children (ddr-densho-442-238)
Photograph of three unidentified children outside the Ohashi family store. Two children are using baby walkers, and the third is waving an American flag.
Jiro and Sab Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-239)
img Jiro and Sab Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-239)
Photograph of Neil Jiro Ohashi (left) sitting with Edward Saburo Ohashi (right) outside the Ohashi family store.
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