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 (600)

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Group of Issei and Nisei gathered in front of a train (ddr-densho-259-198)
img Group of Issei and Nisei gathered in front of a train (ddr-densho-259-198)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Hood River Japanese standing beside a couple of cars of a passenger train. [Renichi Fujimoto] is standing a little off to himself on the left in the shade, and from left to right are: Homer [Yasui] (looking up at [Shidzuyo Yasui]), Shizue Iwatsuki, Katsusaburo Tamura on the steps of ...
Issei men and woman on the sidewalk (ddr-densho-259-144)
img Issei men and woman on the sidewalk (ddr-densho-259-144)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Mitsie Yamaki, Mr. Yamaki [Yeitaro Yamaki?], Shig, Dad [Masuo Yasui]."
img "Outing in Mosier" (ddr-densho-259-250)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Outing in Mosier [Oregon]."
Issei men alongside a touring car (ddr-densho-259-192)
img Issei men alongside a touring car (ddr-densho-259-192)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Masuo Yasui] and another man standing alongside a touring car. The interesting thing about this picture is that the sign on the wall of the building says, 'E.C. Smith Motor Co.' I doubt that this was a business run by Ernest C. Smith, [Masuo]'s old friend. but who knows? E.C. Smith's business ...
Hood River Japanese Community Hall (ddr-densho-259-343)
img Hood River Japanese Community Hall (ddr-densho-259-343)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A gathering of many of the Hood River Japanese community in front of the Hood River Japanese Community Hall To me, it appears to have been a photograph taken of the Christian Nikkei families in Hood River, although there certainly must have been exceptions to this general statement, because I see the ...
img "Issei men in a fancy living room" (ddr-densho-259-544)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A gathering of dignified-looking Issei men in a fancy living room with an imposing fireplace mantel and very fancy window drapes. I wonder if this could have been the Japanese Consul General's residence in Portland."
img "Hood River Japanese Community" (ddr-densho-259-302)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A large gathering of the Hood River Nihonjin, at what I think was taken on the little knoll to the northeast of the Hood River Japanese Community Hall."
img "Girls from Dee" (ddr-densho-259-272)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Five Nisei girls who lived in Dee [Oregon]. This picture was taken on the south side of the old Dee Japanese Community Hall. I can identify Mikie Kageyama and Hannah Kinoshita but I don't recognize the other three."
Issei men eating apples (ddr-densho-259-81)
img Issei men eating apples (ddr-densho-259-81)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Dad and 2 Japanese friends eating apples in front of an apple tree."
Young Nisei man and woman (ddr-densho-259-540)
img Young Nisei man and woman (ddr-densho-259-540)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Ches [Tsuyoshi Yasui] and unidentified Nisei girl. I don't know who this woman is, but it seems to me that it was taken when Ches went to Wapato, [Washington], to participate in a baseball game. In any case, Ches is clowning around, which he frequently did."
Issei men wearing derbies on a hillside (ddr-densho-259-334)
img Issei men wearing derbies on a hillside (ddr-densho-259-334)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of twelve well dressed Issei men, most of whom are also wearing derbies, and sitting among a field of bracken fern on a side hill. I think that this was taken at the Vista House on the Columbia River highway [in Crown Point, Oregon]."
Social gathering (ddr-densho-34-77)
img Social gathering (ddr-densho-34-77)
Social gathering outside the Buddhist Church on Fletcher's Bay. Left to right: Mrs. Tanigui, Mr. Torazo Nakao, Santhro Yoshida, Mrs. Yamashita, Mrs. Umeno Yoshida, Mrs. Tsue Nishimori, Mrs. Masa Omoto, Mrs. Harui, Mrs. Hayano Moritani, Mrs. Masaye Furukawa, Mrs. Koura, Mrs. Matsushita, Mrs. Ogawa, Mr. Hedematsu Furukawa, Rev. Ichikawa, Mr. Harui, Mrs. Suyematsu, Mr. Nishimori, Mrs. ...
Mae Hara and Rae Yoshioka at World's Fair (ddr-densho-308-5)
img Mae Hara and Rae Yoshioka at World's Fair (ddr-densho-308-5)
Mae (Kanazawa) Hara spent three years (1932-1935) in Chicago to attend college and study music. During the summer of 1933, Chicago hosted the World's Fair. Hara and her cousin, Rae Yoshioka, worked at the Japanese Pavilion. During the opening ceremonies both girls wore kimonos and served as ushers. Hara also sang in a 5,000 voice choir ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 106, No. 9 (March 4, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-9)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 106, No. 9 (March 4, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-9)
Selected article titles: "Asian Pacific Women's Network: Four Honored with 'Women Warrior' Awards" (pp. 1, 3), "Movie Review; 'Color of Honor' Looks at the Overlooked" (pp. 2-3), "Japanese Farmers' Winter of Discontent" (p. 3), and "John Aiso: 1909-1987: Army Intelligence Relied on Nisei" (pp. 4, 10).
Pacific Citizen, Vol.121, No. 7 (October 6-19, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-19)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol.121, No. 7 (October 6-19, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-19)
Selected article titles: "No Apology for 'Slanty' Eye Reference to Nomo" (pp. 1, 6), "ORA Meets with JACL for Redress Update" (pp. 1, 6), "Evacuation Stories Highlight Topaz Event" (p. 5), and "MIS Postwar Phase Topic of Seattle Reunion" (pp. 7, 11).
Digging for clams (ddr-densho-348-41)
img Digging for clams (ddr-densho-348-41)
Photograph of what appears to be a group of people off in the distance digging for clams.
Harumi Hoshiko (ddr-csujad-8-24)
doc Harumi Hoshiko (ddr-csujad-8-24)
Oral history interview with Harumi Hoshiko. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Hoshiko, Harumi
Fashion show (ddr-csujad-26-127)
img Fashion show (ddr-csujad-26-127)
Two Japanese American women pose in front of an audience during a fashion show. Verso reads, "a fashion show." From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_05_096
An Oral History with Mitsuo Nitta (ddr-csujad-29-4)
doc An Oral History with Mitsuo Nitta (ddr-csujad-29-4)
Oral history with Nisei farmer/businessman from pioneering Orange County, California family gives prewar biographical information with emphasis on Japanese Americans in Orange County. Discusses World War II forced removal, experiences in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the role of the Japanese American Citizens League before and after World War II. This oral history was conducted ...
img "Ogden Bussie Girls" (ddr-densho-201-352)
Young women posed by columns. Caption on front: "Ogden Bussie Girls."
Three women posing in skirt suits (ddr-densho-201-438)
img Three women posing in skirt suits (ddr-densho-201-438)
Inscription on front: "V. dear Maso [sic] Love [Umi?]." Caption on reverse: "3 musketeer."
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