Shades of Tulare County Project


Documenting the local history of our Japanese and Chinese population. Funded by a grant from the California State Library, the "Shades" project is a collection of more than 300 photographs provided by the Chinese and Japanese residents of Tulare County. Spanning the decades from the late nineteenth century until the present day, these images are a representation of the history and heritage of the Chinese and Japanese residents of Tulare County. Photographs of farm life, early businesses, athletics, the Visalia flood of 1955, the Japanese relocation camps, and family groups are just some of the varied elements of this collection.


  • Tulare County Library

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Flood in Visalia, California
Main Street, Visalia, California, was inundated for a second time in two months in February 1956. Here workers try to clear and obstruction in Mill Creek.

Chan family barbecue in Visalia,California
Chan family backyard barbecue.

Otani's Store, Visalia, California
Otani's Store was located on East Center Street in Visalia, California. This photo, taken in the 1930s, shows the interior of the store which sold groceries and general merchandise. Pictured are (left to right) Ura Otani (mother of donor Hideo…