|People & Life Ways|
|Riches, Ranching & Railroads|
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
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
Special Collections, University of Nevada Las Vegas Library