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.

Community activities (566)

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Japanese American women in Phoenix, Arizona (ddr-densho-242-28)
img Japanese American women in Phoenix, Arizona (ddr-densho-242-28)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "Japanese ladies in Phoenix, Arizona. No other details available. The year was probably 1931."
Group portrait of Japanese Americans in formal attire (ddr-densho-242-25)
img Group portrait of Japanese Americans in formal attire (ddr-densho-242-25)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "Ninomiya photo - could be in Los Angeles. No data available."
Issei on a mountain (ddr-densho-259-217)
img Issei on a mountain (ddr-densho-259-217)
Unidentified Issei on what appears to be a mountain. Possibly Mount Hood, Oregon.
img "Group of three Nisei girls" (ddr-densho-259-537)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of three Nisei girls Chieko [Takasumi], who was called 'Chikie' was a very popular Nisei girl in the Hood River Nikkei community."
Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-110)
img Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-110)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "St. Marks Church in Hood River, showing [Masuo Yasui], several Issei men, a Caucasian minister, and remarkably, a Japanese minister not Isaac Inouye. St. Marks was either a Catholic or Episcopalian church--or maybe it was a Lutheran church. In any event, the two clerics are wearing their collars backwards, as Catholic and ...
Northwest division of Methodist women, Hood River conference (ddr-densho-259-164)
img Northwest division of Methodist women, Hood River conference (ddr-densho-259-164)
Caption in Japanese at bottom of photograph: "Northwest division of Methodist women, Hood River conference." Caption by Homer Yasui: "A large print gathering of some Hood River Issei , together with a large number of out-of-town Issei women in front of the Hood River Community Hall."
img "Hood River Japanese community hall" (ddr-densho-259-349)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Hood River Japanese community hall."
Issei men in suits wearing Japanese flag lapel pins (ddr-densho-259-344)
img Issei men in suits wearing Japanese flag lapel pins (ddr-densho-259-344)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of Issei men in business suits, all of them wearing Japanese flag lapel pins There are strings of paper flags of many nations strung from the ceiling...I will guess that this was some sort of celebration of Japan's entry into World War I on the side of the Allies ...
img "Hood River Nikkei community" (ddr-densho-259-141)
Hood River Nikkei community. Caption by Homer Yasui: " [This picture] was surely taken on the side of the little hill which was slightly to the east and north of the [Hood River] Japanese Community Hall The Hall was built around then, so this may have been a commemorative portrait."
Ten Issei men (ddr-densho-259-327)
img Ten Issei men (ddr-densho-259-327)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "10 Issei men, all in western attire. Location not identified, but there is a handwritten date of 1907 at the top. Around then, Masuo [Yasui] was living in Portland at either the Japanese Methodist Mission or at the home of the Caucasian attorney, for whom he worked as a houseboy."
Nisei children gathered in a living room (ddr-densho-259-193)
img Nisei children gathered in a living room (ddr-densho-259-193)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Portrait of the Yasui children, from Michi on down, together with the Shimbo children, in the living room of the latter. The Shimbos were family friends living in Walla Walla, WA, and we went to visit them one summer."
Group photograph of Japanese American women and children (ddr-densho-259-34)
img Group photograph of Japanese American women and children (ddr-densho-259-34)
Group photograph of Japanese American women and children, including Shidzuyo, Min, and Ches Yasui. Date and location unknown, though it may be a photograph from a gathering of Nikkei living in Hood River, Oregon.
Group of Issei women with reverend (ddr-densho-259-226)
img Group of Issei women with reverend (ddr-densho-259-226)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Mrs. Munemoto, Mrs. Iwasa, Mrs. Iwatsuka, Mrs. Tanimoto, Mrs. Yamaki."
Panel at dinner reception (ddr-jamsj-1-508)
img Panel at dinner reception (ddr-jamsj-1-508)
Dinner reception for the Ninth Annual California Landscape Gardeners Convention held at Cabana Hotel.
Yone Admiring the Bonsais (ddr-jamsj-1-143)
img Yone Admiring the Bonsais (ddr-jamsj-1-143)
Seventh Annual Landscape Gardener's Convention held in Southern California.
Beauty pageant winners announce raffle winners (ddr-jamsj-1-510)
img Beauty pageant winners announce raffle winners (ddr-jamsj-1-510)
Dinner reception for the Ninth Annual California Landscape Gardeners Convention held at Cabana Hotel.
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