What Happened to Japanese-American Farmers? |AJ+

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Japanese-American farmers helped feed the United States. They were essential in developing California’s agriculture – until World War II came and they were forced to relocate.

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When Japanese-Americans arrived in California in the early 1900s, they faced discrimination. But they still managed to help transform California into America’s breadbasket.

*Learn more here:*
KQED. “75 Years Later, Japanese-Americans Recall Incarceration, Forced Farm Labor.” https://www.kqed.org/news/11306252

Slate. “California Bountiful: The Ikeda Family.” http://californiabountiful.com/features/article.aspx?arID=317 (http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/roads/2017/07/u_s_raised_cambodians_are_deported_back_to_a_homeland_they_ve_never_known.html)

Japanese-American Citizens League. “Asian-American History.” https://jacl.org/asian-american-history/ (https://www.wsj.com/articles/even-jimmy-carter-was-cautious-about-admitting-refugees-1485821291)

History.com. “History of Japanese Internment.” https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/japanese-american-relocation (https://www.britannica.com/topic/Khmer-Rouge)

*Produced by:* Steph Whiteside
*Presenter:* Shreen Khan
*Shot by: *Sean Havey
*Edited by: *Brian Joseph
*Animations by:* Joe Corea
*Senior Producer*: Imaeyen Ibanga
*Executive Producer:* Sarah Nasr

Music tracks courtesy of APM.
Footage and images courtesy of Getty Images and Reuters.

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