Keian employment agencies

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Well, I didn't know what to do, but I didn't have the school, I thought I maybe end up in mechanic-, well, I took mechanical engineering, drawing so I could make a blueprint and things like that so I thought to search but nothing open there. And the next thing I knew, it would be I work in produce market, so I knew the produce. Then, well, I never worked in the store so I didn't know how it would work out, but looking for job in a place called keian in the Japanese, that means employment agency. Japanese go there and they looking for houseboy, or day work, or you have a special and then extra people job they wanted, you know, employment agency is Japanese, not only Los Angeles, but all over in the big cities, local keian because Isseis, they cannot find their own job so they have to go there on account of language difficulties.

Date: December 17 & 18, 2003
Location: Washington, US
Interviewer: Alice Ito, Tom Ikeda
Contributed by: Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project.

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