Los Angeles: Teikoku Printing Office, 1914. ,76pp. plus pp. advertisements, two plates, and a folding map. Original brown printed wrappers. Light chipping to covers and spine ends, some minor soiling and other wear. Slight biopredation to lower corner of plates; some minor wear to extremities. Internally clean. About very good. Item #2229
A directory of immigrants from Shizuoka Prefecture living in Los Angeles, together with a report on their activities and their response to the anti-Japanese Alien Land Law passed in California in 1913. The law prohibited Japanese and other Asian immigrants from owning land or entering into long leases; given that farming was the main area of employment and entrepreneurship for many Japanese immigrants, this was a serious detriment to the community. This publication includes a legislative history of the law and details efforts of residents to work within its confines. Other sections offer information on import and export shipping, agricultural statistics, and even a brief poetry anthology. The directory fills ten pages and the ads at the end are for Japanese-American businesses. The two plates depict the members of the Prefecture Association, and the folding map shows Southern California and is credited to H. Kageyama, civil engineer. We locate no copies in OCLC.