Riverside Metropolitan Museum

Riverside Metropolitan Museum

Harada House

Museum Board Report 7.12.17 – Harada House Assessment

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The National Historic Landmark Harada House is among the most significant and powerful civil rights landmarks in California.

This site and the story of the Harada Family embody local, state, national, and international issues of civil and individual rights, democracy, immigration, assimilation, and citizenship.

Preservation of the site, collections, and stories ensures that these pivotal lessons of history will continue to be accessible for all peoples. When the Haradas arrived in California at the turn of the 20th century they were among a myriad of Pan-Asian immigrants seeking the American Dream.

Jukichi Harada, his wife, Ken, and their first son, Masa Atsu, after their arrival to the United States settled in Riverside, California in 1905. They soon were operating a rooming house and the Washington Restaurant, which featured "American-fare" and was decorated with pictures of United States presidents.

Jukichi, following the death of his first American born son, sought a home with healthier conditions for his family.   Aware of the 1913 California Alien Land Law prohibiting aliens from owning property, in December 1915 he purchased the house at 3356 Lemon Street in the names of his three American born children (Mine, Sumi, and Yoshizo). 

Other webpages featuring information on the National Historic Landmark Harada House

National Park Service: A History of Japanese Americans in California

UCR Humanities Asian American History

The House on Lemon Street: Japanese Pioneers and the American Dream by Mark Rawitsch

Afterword by Lane Ryo Hirabayashi. The book is inaugural winner of the Crader Family Book Prize in American Values, 2013

"Drawing from an excellent selection of primary and secondary sources, Rawitsch recounts Harada's immigration to the US, the subsequent growth of his family, and the family's experiences before, during, and after the evacuation and internment. However, the true value of the book lies in Rawitsch's meticulous research into the legal battle Harada faced over his attempt to purchase a proper home for his children, and his family's struggle for civil rights and acceptance in the town of Riverside." —J. T. Rasel, Choice

Mark Rawitsch was Dean of Instruction at Mendocino College and is a founding member of the Harada House National Historic Landmark Ad-Hoc Advisory Council of the City of Riverside. Published by the University of Colorado Press.  http://www.upcolorado.com/book/_welcome/The_House_on_Lemon_Street
The book is available at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum Gift Shop.
Click the thumbnail images below for a detailed version
Jukichi, Ken and Masa Atsu Harada ca. 1905
Jukichi, Masa Atsu, Mine and the staff and patrons of the Washington Restaurant on University Avenue
Menu for the Washington Restaurant
Jukichi puts title of house in his American-born children's names
(Riverside Metropolitan Museum Harada Family Archival Collection)
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