Enlarge Enlarge Licensing

The Fraser Valley along the Fraser River in British Columbia was a rich and fertile area. Logging and sawmills dotted the Valley until the depleted forests and depressed markets closed the mills. The Japanese who used to work in these industries decided to stay and farm as well as wanting to own their own land. Often the only available land was marginal or on sloped land that was difficult to cultivate. It was cleared stump by stump, stone by stone, a patch at a time. Japanese farmers in the Fraser Valley helped each other to clear virgin land. Credit: University of British Columbia Archives / Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Archives

JCCC — Last modified Mar 30 2011 8:02 p.m.

Login or register
to contribute to the Nikkei Album

Welcome to the NEW Nikkei Album!

We've launched Nikkei Album in beta, so everyone can now start uploading and creating their own albums. There may be things that don't work quite right yet. Please email us to report any errors.

Browse the Nikkei Album

Get updates

Sign up for email updates

Journal feed
Events feed
Comments feed

Support this project

Discover Nikkei

Discover Nikkei is a place to connect with others and share the Nikkei experience. To continue to sustain and grow this project, we need your help!

Ways to help >>

A project of the Japanese American National Museum

The Nippon Foundation