Densho Digital Archive
Japanese American Museum of San Jose Collection
Title: Eiichi Sakauye Interview
Narrator: Eiichi Sakauye
Interviewer: Jiro Saito
Location: San Jose, California
Date: February 8, 2005
Densho ID: denshovh-seiichi-01-0008

ES: Gradually, my dad got bigger and bigger in farming. And the alien land law came in effect, so that stopped a person of Japanese ancestry unable to purchase land or, or even to get American citizenship, because they were ineligible to become American citizen. So that put the kink in our expansion. And, well, we lay low for a while until I got to be twenty-one years raised, then we started over again increasing our business, because I could do things legally. Heretofore, we couldn't do it legally, because I was underage and also my folks were ineligible to become American citizens.

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