Farmer's son


Farmer's son






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I a son of a California farmer--in Chula Vista, CA (Otay Valley) we had a Bracero "camp" of about 40-50 Mexican workers for several years . I was born in 1948--after my family was released from Poston internment camp since we were detained as Japanese Americans.

Memories were that as a kid--I woud run down to the camp during lunch to get burritos from the workers--the workers seem to love to share their food.

Years and Years late--1990's---I was working as a lobbyist in Sacramento....I had the opportunity to meet new members of the California State Assembly. I had a meeting to meet a new member from Chula Vista--Juan Vargas a young Harvard trained new elected Legislator. During our meet and greet--Juan told me that his dad came to California as a Bracero working with a farmer named Takashima. I told him that farmer was my dad.

What wonderful turn of events---I am lobbyist seeking votes from person (Juan Vargas) that would not be in California but for his dad having the opportunity to come to California


DAvid TAKASHIMA, “Farmer's son,” Bracero History Archive, accessed May 26, 2024,