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Japanese Immigrant Life (English)

Most early Japanese immigrants came to the United States through the Hawaiian Islands.  They had traveled there and found work as laborers in the pineapple and sugar cane fields.  Many moved further west into California, and some on into Nevada.

Like other racial and ethnic groups who came to Nevada, many of the Japanese encountered racism and anti-Japanese sentiment.  In the 1920s farmers in Fallon demanded that Japanese farmers sell their land and leave the area.  In southern Nevada, where many Japanese had found work on the railroad, there was an anti-Japanese riot in Caliente among railroad workers in 1906.  The families of railroad workers in Las Vegas were forced to live in segregated housing.

It was in Las Vegas, however, that many Japanese found a way of earning a living that resulted in acceptance from the non-Japanese community.  Respect came through the accomplishments of Japanese farmers.  Growing food supplies in the desert communities of southern Nevada was a difficult undertaking, and success was admired.

Reader: Fumie Salvatore

Photo Credit:
Special Collections, University of Nevada Las Vegas Library