History Talk: Japanese & Chinese Workers on San Juan Island
The contributions of Japanese and Chinese immigrants to the growth of the early-twentieth century were vital to the island’s growing economy, particularly the salmon canneries and the lime works at Roche Harbor. But with the decline of salmon stocks, the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882) and Executive Order 9066 during WWII, Chinese and Japanese workers and their families were forced to relocate, and their stories were almost entirely lost to the island community. Join us for a history talk and discussion based on recent research by Lynn Weber/Roochvarg of the Writing Our History Project.
Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
Some individuals and families developed lasting friendships and relationships in the community, and the dedication, family commitment, and loyalty of the early Japanese residents on the island are remembered with respect and appreciation.