Japanese Immigrants During the gold rush

Japanese immigrants were often pressured into coming to the americas in order to strike it rich and come home a hero. The families would make it clear that they were not to return home until they had more money than they had left with. Very few struck it rich, and the majority of Japanese immigrants became full-time US citizens. Familial pressure was the driving force behind most Japanese immigration to America.

Very few Japanese immigrants had good jobs

Many Japanese Americans immigrated to Hawaii before coming to the mainland, in order to work on the huge pineapple plantations that rich white people had placed on native land. It was there that they developed a reputation for farming well. Japanese immigrants were most known for working long hours, in poor conditions, for little pay, and producing more crops than even the most fertile plots.


Japan, being a small island country, has very little farmland, and a surprisingly disproportionately small amount of good farmland. The Japanese had to know how to get the most from poor land, or else their country wouldn't survive. Japanese workers would be placed on poor plots of land and production would almost double, though they still worked for half the pay of a white man.


Japanese women played a massive part in the history of Japanese-American history. They were sent over as wives to the brave pioneers going to live in America at ages as young as fourteen. These girls would have children early, many Japanese-American families having up to twenty children. They were in charge of cooking, cleaning, childcare (for more than 10 kids), and often the finances. They almost always never saw their families again, never returning to Japan.

Racial Prejudices

The Japanese did not face the same racial prejudices as other races, though oppressed, it was more lazily than strong. There were segregation laws, though they were rarely ever enforced. Even with school segregation, it was lax. It just didn't make sense to make an entire new school for five students. They were not viewed as equal, however, whites did not, as they did most other races, view them as absolute scum. Until Pearl Harbor, but that's another story.


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