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Chrysanthemums and Salt (film)

Documentary film by Dianne Fukami on the Japanese American community in San Mateo, California, from its late 1800s origins to the outbreak of World War II. As hinted at by the film's title, Chrysanthemums and Salt largely focuses on two of the major industries that employed Japanese Americans before the war, growing and marketing chrysanthemums and salt companies that took advantage of the region's natural suitability for salt evaporation ponds. The film also covers Japanese American community life, the role of the churches and the outbreak of World War II and the reaction to the subsequent forced removal. Chrysanthemums and Salt is notable for including interviews with several Issei , conducted in Japanese with translated voiceovers. "Host" Jane Yanehiro narrates the film and also appears on camera.

Chrysanthemums and Salt was produced by KCSM-TV and the San Mateo Community College District in cooperation with the San Mateo JACL History Project with funding from Chevron, the Ray and Peggy Daba Fund and the Bay Meadows Foundation.

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Might also like Blossoms and Thorns: A Community Uprooted (2012); Crossroads: Boyle Heights (2002); We Came to Grow: Japanese Americans in the Central Valley 1869-1941 (1999)

Media Details
Release Date 1994
Runtime 27 minutes
Director Dianne Fukami
Producer Dianne Fukami
Narrator Jan Yanehiro
Starring Ron Enomoto (interviewee), Hideyoshi Kashima (interviewee), Shozi Kanazawa (interviewee), Ayako Kanazawa (interviewee), Michael Svanevik (interviewee), Toshijiro Hamasaki (interviewee), Yoneo Kawakita (interviewee), William Nosaka (interviewee), Shizu Tabata (interviewee), Tomoko Kashiwagi (interviewee), Kaoru Yoshifuji (interviewee), Kazuo Haraguchi (interviewee), Kenge Takahashi (interviewee), Junko Nakagawa (voiceover), Richard Nakanishi (voiceover)
Music Kazuyo Muramoto
Cinematography Phil Azzopardi
Studio CrossCurrent Media
Distributor National Asian American Telecommunications Association
For More Information

For More Information

Chrysanthemums and Salt at the Center for Asian American Media site.

Chrysanthemums and Salt in the Bridge Media catalog.