His family's migration to Salinas, California

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My grandfather came over from Japan in the 1890s. He was the third son of a peasant farmer in Kaita, Hiroshima, Japan. Things were pretty difficult there. So when the opportunity and a demand for farm laborers came up back in the 1890s, he being the third son decided to come to Hawaii. However things were not that easy there either, and as a result they continued on to, I don’t know where they got Salinas but, landed in San Francisco and ended up in Salinas, California to do sharecropping.

Date: March 22, 2018
Location: California, US
Interviewer: John Esaki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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