Getting started in America

Deciding to come to America Voyage to San Pedro Getting started in America Early impression of America Learning the nursery business Gardening to nursery Expanding business Next phase Life Philosophy

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I was a lucky one because of this Torrance green house, my father-in-law set up for us all the farming house they bring in to sell, we can live in the house, two bedroom, pretty big size kitchen and stuff, more than enough we could live. So first time I came in was no trouble with the house with the beginning with it. So I was very lucky to start it.

But anything I start working, different from Michi kept telling me about it. I work the 10-hour day, even my uncle or father-in-law place, 10 or 12 people working together. We can not make anything special, so 10-hour day and 6-day a week, on the 150 dollar month. So that's not so easy money, you know. So time where Mitsui told me about is here is a big difference. But once I came here, no choice.

Date: February 2, 2012
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Chris Komai, John Esaki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

business family job migration Shin-Issei

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