Japanese American History

The Japanese played a pivotal role in the establishment of San Luis Obispo. For example, many Japanese people started farms in San Luis Obispo to supply food. Yet despite their hard work, the Japanese, like the Chinese, faced discrimination. To learn more about their story and what their life was like in San Luis Obispo, click here. To view photos and descriptions from the 1800s and 1900s, click here.

We gratefully acknowledge, respect, and thank yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini, Northern Chumash Tribe of San Luis Obispo County and Region in whose homelands we all are guests. 

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