Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 27

Beginnings of participation in the Alaskan cannery system in the late 1920s (ddr-densho-1000-145-1) - 00:09:40
Reasons for Japanese immigrant participation in the cannery system (ddr-densho-1000-145-2) - 00:05:45
History and organization of the Alaska canneries (ddr-densho-1000-145-3) - 00:07:46
Reasons for Issei involvement as contractors in the cannery system (ddr-densho-1000-145-4) - 00:07:29
Isseis' roles as contractors in the canneries (ddr-densho-1000-145-5) - 00:09:22
Overview of the general operation of an Alaskan cannery; description of four different types of salmon (ddr-densho-1000-145-6) - 00:12:56
Description of some of the jobs involved in a cannery; personal role assisting the head mechanic at the Waterfall Cannery (ddr-densho-1000-145-7) - 00:09:52
Description of cannery jobs: vacuum-packing the cans, cooking the fish, stevedoring (ddr-densho-1000-145-8) - 00:08:38
Organization and hierarchy of the cannery personnel (ddr-densho-1000-145-9) - 00:05:24
Receiving "special treatment": given the job of hand-packing the king salmon (ddr-densho-1000-145-10) - 00:02:48
Description of other roles within the cannery personnel: contractor, foreman and cook (ddr-densho-1000-145-11) - 00:05:27
Discussion of the relationship between the local Native American population and the canneries (ddr-densho-1000-145-12) - 00:04:44
Personal recollections of first trip to the Waterfall Cannery: slow trip aboard a freighter (ddr-densho-1000-145-13) - 00:07:59
Memories of visit to Ketchikan, Alaska, on the trip to the Waterfall Cannery; discussion of native Americans and the canneries (ddr-densho-1000-145-14) - 00:10:30
(ddr-densho-1000-145-15) - 00:04:04
Organization of the Waterfall Cannery; discussion of the roles of various ethnic groups (ddr-densho-1000-145-16) - 00:09:30
The role of the contractors in the Alaskan canneries (ddr-densho-1000-145-17) - 00:05:43
Discussion of the relationship between various ethnic groups and their work in the canneries (ddr-densho-1000-145-18) - 00:08:55
Overview of the labor movement in the United States in the 1930s (ddr-densho-1000-145-19) - 00:06:02
The propensity for different ethnic groups to become involved in labor movement (ddr-densho-1000-145-20) - 00:12:57
Beginnings of unionization process at the Waterfall cannery (ddr-densho-1000-145-21) - 00:04:23
Acting as a middleman between the management and the workers at the Waterfall cannery (ddr-densho-1000-145-22) - 00:08:55
(ddr-densho-1000-145-23) - 00:03:26
Thoughts on Clarence Arai and his role in the Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-145-24) - 00:11:48
Unionization issue begins to affect the cannery system (ddr-densho-1000-145-25) - 00:05:42
Minimal role of Japanese Americans in union activities (ddr-densho-1000-145-26) - 00:03:30
(ddr-densho-1000-145-27) - 00:04:22
Changes in the Waterfall Cannery over the years, both in conditions and relationships between workers (ddr-densho-1000-145-28) - 00:09:47
Positive memories of cannery life: lasting relationships with Nisei peers (ddr-densho-1000-145-29) - 00:09:11
Positive memories of cannery life: lasting relationships with Nisei peers (ddr-densho-1000-145-30) - 00:07:29
Other memories of the Waterfall cannery: poor living conditions; layout of the cannery (ddr-densho-1000-145-31) - 00:07:43
Description of the physical layout of the Waterfall cannery, separate lodging for different ethnic groups (ddr-densho-1000-145-32) - 00:10:39
Relationships between Issei, Nisei, and Kibei in the cannery system (ddr-densho-1000-145-33) - 00:12:44
Race relations in the cannery system (ddr-densho-1000-145-34) - 00:06:22
Dangerous health conditions in the canneries (ddr-densho-1000-145-35) - 00:06:00
Memories of long hours, tedious work in the canneries (ddr-densho-1000-145-36) - 00:04:03
Discussion of close community ties between Nisei (ddr-densho-1000-145-37) - 00:05:06
Ties with several Issei at the Waterfall Cannery (ddr-densho-1000-145-38) - 00:10:48
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ddr-densho-1000-145-27 (Legacy UID: denshovh-mfrank-04-0027)

This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.

00:04:22 — Segment 27 of 38

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July 7 & 8, 2003

Densho Visual History Collection


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Frank Miyamoto

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV

04:47:29 — 38 segments

July 7 & 8, 2003

Seattle, Washington

Nisei male. Born July 29, 1912, in Seattle, Washington. Wrote 'Social Solidarity Among the Japanese in Seattle' as a Master's thesis, published in 1939 as one of the first academic works on the Japanese immigrant community. Incarcerated in Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Member of the Evacuation and Resettlement Study which studied the incarceration and resettlement of Japanese Americans during World War II. Resettled in Seattle. Was a longtime member of the faculty in Sociology at the University of Washington, served as Chairman of his department, and was Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

(This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.)

Alice Ito, interviewer; Tatsuya Fukunaga, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


Courtesy of Densho