Community activities

Japanese Americans of the pre-World War II era, urban and rural dwellers alike, lived in tight-knit communities bound together by a wide variety of shared associations and institutions. In an era marked by pronounced anti-Asian racism, Japanese Americans in cities tended to live in segregated ghettoes. While discrimination was the reason for isolated Japanese American neighborhoods, the well-organized and tight-knit community provided a rich social and cultural foundation for the Japanese immigrants and their children.

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img "Hood River Japanese Hall" (ddr-densho-259-78)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A large photo of a great many if not the majority, of the Japanese who lived in Hood River [Oregon] valley. This picture was taken in front of the Hood River Japanese Community Hall, which was built in 1926-27."
img "Nikkei farm family scene" (ddr-densho-259-358)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A Nikkei farm family scene, taken at one of the early Yasui farms in Summit, which is slightly north and a little west of Odell, Oregon. The farm 'family' was mostly the young Masuo and Shidzuyo Yasuis Sitting back left is, I believe, Yoshizaemon Mori...I think that standing in the center is ...
Nisei and Issei woman in California (ddr-densho-259-53)
img Nisei and Issei woman in California (ddr-densho-259-53)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Michi with [Shidzuyo Yasui]'s friend from Okayama-ken [Okayama prefecture, Japan]."
img "Gathering of Hood River Nikkei" (ddr-densho-259-33)
Group photograph of Nikkei living in Hood River, Oregon.
Four Issei men on a bridge (ddr-densho-259-183)
img Four Issei men on a bridge (ddr-densho-259-183)
From left to right: Daiichi Takeoka, an unidentified man, Keisuke Ito, and Masuo Yasui at Crown Point, Oregon.
Group of Issei women with reverend (ddr-densho-259-225)
img Group of Issei women with reverend (ddr-densho-259-225)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Mrs. Munemoto, Mrs. Iwasa, Mrs. Iwatsuka, Mrs. Tanimoto, Mrs. Yamaki, Rev. [Isaac] Inouye."
img "Gathering of Hood River Nikkei" (ddr-densho-259-19)
Group photograph of Nikkei living in Hood River, Oregon.
Issei men and white women in a wooded bower (ddr-densho-259-156)
img Issei men and white women in a wooded bower (ddr-densho-259-156)
Masuo Yasui, an unidentified Issei man, and four unidentified white women sitting in a wooded area.
img "Nikkei farm family scene" (ddr-densho-259-133)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A Nikkei farm family scene, taken at one of the early Yasui farms in Summit, which is slightly north and a little west of Odell, Oregon. The farm 'family' was mostly the young Masuo and Shidzuyo Yasuis Sitting back left is, I believe, Yoshizaemon Mori...I think that standing in the center is ...
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 72 (September 9, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-241)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 72 (September 9, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-241)
"Truman Must Approve or Veto Walter Bill by Today; Ten-Day Period Ends" (p. 1), "C-B-I Hero's Wife Awaits Truman Okay" (p. 1), "Masaoka, Brilliant ADC Chief, Named to Distinguished Leadership Award" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 57 (August 12, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-44)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 57 (August 12, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-44)
"Huge Trading to Japan Seen" (p. 1), "Community Chest Goal for '48 Set at 2 Million" (p. 1) "Nisei Lassie Wed to Ex-Marine Linked in Immigration Puzzler" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 2 (January 6, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-76)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 2 (January 6, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-76)
"Educational Center in City Changes Its Name to Neighborhood House" (pg. 1), "Tokyo Rose Denied Re-Entry into U.S." (pg. 2), "Kashino Vows Aid to Kin of GI Dead" (pg. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 4 (January 10, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-78)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 4 (January 10, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-78)
"Japan Homeless Total 1,600,000" (pg. 1), "Munemori's Body To Rest in L.A." (pg. 1).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 81, No. 6 (August 8, 1975) (ddr-pc-47-31)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 81, No. 6 (August 8, 1975) (ddr-pc-47-31)
Selected article titles: "Name Change for Center Devised to Arouse Wider Support: Doizaki" (pp. 1, 3), "Congress Passes 7-Yr. Extension of Voting Act" (p. 1), "Indochinese Refugee Issue: Senate Recommendations" (p. 1), and Nikkei Physicians Feel High Rates for Malpractice" (pp. 1, 3).
Hara wedding (ddr-densho-308-6)
img Hara wedding (ddr-densho-308-6)
Mae (Kanazawa) Hara returned to Seattle, Washington from teaching music in Japan in the spring of 1939. While Hara had been abroad, her parents had arranged a marriage between her and a childhood friend, Iwao Hara. They were married on October 19, 1939.
Group photograph at the Bellevue Community Center Dedication (ddr-densho-347-1)
img Group photograph at the Bellevue Community Center Dedication (ddr-densho-347-1)
The Bellevue Community Center was located at NE 8th Street, just north of the current Bellevue Square Mall.
Attendants of the 20th Anniversary (ddr-jamsj-1-623)
img Attendants of the 20th Anniversary (ddr-jamsj-1-623)
The 20th Anniversary Commemoration-Installation Dinner at Hyatt House.
Speech (ddr-jamsj-1-624)
img Speech (ddr-jamsj-1-624)
The 20th Anniversary Commemoration-Installation Dinner at Hyatt House.
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