Imperial Valley Culture

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Who would have taught that people from all over the world would come to this dry and desert area to share their culture, traditions, and most importantly their history. Believe it or not, people from cultures such as France, Lebanese, Japanese, Switzerland, Ireland, German, Chinese, Mexico, and Portuguese have come to the Imperial Valley. I learned throughout this trip that you don't have to be an important person to make history; anyone is capable of changing or creating history. The first culture that I went to see inside the Pioneers Museum and Cultural Center was Japanese. By 1940, it was evident that the relations between the United States and Japan would possibly lead to war, on behalf of the Japanese American citizens League…show more content…
The Japanese enjoyed kendo and sumo a lot ; although they also establishes Kenjinkai, which are associations used to serve the needs of the immigrant generation in Japanese American Communities. Their greatest contribution to the Imperial Valley was agriculture, although they began as migrant laborers, overtime they rose to the ranks of crew bosses and foremen for the large companies, then became share-croppers, and eventually leased and even owned their own farmland until the 1913 Alien Land Law. The Japanese were instrumental in establishing the Imperial Valley as major produce growing region. They concentrated on lettuce, melons, and tomatoes. Furthermore they were also heavily involved in such crops as alfalfa, barley, cabbage, cotton, cucumbers, dates, grapefruit, grapes, peas, and squash, among others. Many Japanese farmers operated dairies and raise hogs until the agricultural depression of the 1920s, plus they also introduced fruits such as the strawberry, castor; and techniques often called “hot capping” and “brush covering”. By 1941 ¾ of the Japanese American population of Imperial Valley was involved in agriculture. Another great culture attributing to the Imperial Valley was Mexico. Mexican culture is a rich, complex blend of Native American, Spanish, and American traditions. Rural areas are populated by Native Americans, descendants of the Maya,…show more content…
Figures such as a crane are the most celebrated bird in the Chinese legends. This bird is endowed with may mythical attributes. There are said to be four kinds of cranes; the black, the white, the yellow, and the blue, of which the black is the longest lived. The figure of the crane, is one of the commonest emblems of longevity. Also, it is said, that the pine tree is an emblem of longevity and is cultivated for its ornamental and utilitarian purposes; like christmas. When the pin tree turns a thousand years old it is said the sap will turn into amber. A really rare pin tree can only be found in China, it is called the white

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