Welcome to the Growing a Community website!

Growing a Community: Pioneers of the Japanese American Floral Industry, is an oral history project focused on collecting and sharing the stories of Japanese American nursery families in the San Francisco Bay Area. Despite their profound influence on culture, community, identity, and industry, many of the contributions and stories of Japanese American nurseries are unrecognized and unrecorded. This project sheds light on the origins of the Japanese floral industry in the East Bay, how Japanese immigrants and their children shaped the industry, and how it helped create a resilient, supportive, and active Japanese American community. This often overlooked part of Japanese American history played an important role in the growth and development of the floral industry, not just in the Bay Area but throughout California and beyond. Their stories of sacrifice, hard work, discrimination, and perseverance typify many California immigrant experiences and speak to all of us. Explore our site to learn about the history of Japanese Americans in the floral industry and hear first-hand accounts of their experiences.