Japanese immigrants (Issei) replaced Chinese workers after the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act went into effect. Laborers were recruited by contracting companies to cut timber and work in sawmills. In rare instances, Issei women joined their husbands, living among the other workers in segregated shantytowns.

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Fumiko M. Noji Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-72-2)
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Father's arrival in United States, working in a lumber camp
vh Minoru "Min" Tsubota Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-149-5)
Parents' early businesses, running a small grocery store in Seattle and then a sawmill in Kent, Washington
George Morihiro Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-182-6)
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Helping father deliver sake to neighbors; father's work in the sawmill industry
George Yamada Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-187-2)
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Memories of childhood living at a sawmill camp

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.