Near San Pedro in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Japanese Americans at White Point
The Generation Not Forgotten
Between the 1890s and World War II, several thousand Japanese settled in San Pedro. Their community centered on fishing, shellfish and canning enterprises. It had its own doctors, dentists, shops, social and athletic clubs and a newspaper.
White Point was one of many small Japanese farming areas that emerged around San Pedro. Farmers recruited seasonal labor from the nearby town, and sold their crops including peas, beans, squash, tomatoes and cucumbers.
During the 1920s, Tomiji Tagami developed a recreational attraction at the base of White Point. Catering largely to the Japanese American community, Tagami's business grew to include a hotel, cabins and several pools fed by local hot springs.
Reaction to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 doomed San Pedro's ethnic Japanese population. Community leaders quickly submitted a declaration of loyalty to the United States. Nevertheless, virtually the entire ethnic Japanese community - regardless of U.S. citizenship - was forced to leave. Most lost their homes, businesses and belongings, and ended up in relocation centers. After the
Erected by City of Los Angeles.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian Americans • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War, World II.
Location. 33° 43.003′ N, 118° 18.986′ W. Marker is near San Pedro, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Paseo Del Mar 0.3 miles east of Western Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Located along a hiking trail in White Point Nature Preserve. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1600 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro CA 90731, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Santa Catalina Island (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Catalina Channel (about 600 feet away); White Point Fountain (about 700 feet away); White Point Nike Missile Site (about 800 feet away); Royal Palms County Beach (about 800 feet away); Battery Osgood-Farley Historic Site (approx. 1.2 miles away); Friendship Bell (approx. 1.3 miles away); Point Fermin Light House (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Pedro.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 4, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.