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 (601)

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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."
Issei men and women beside a passenger train (ddr-densho-259-271)
img Issei men and women beside a passenger train (ddr-densho-259-271)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Two Issei men standing besides [sic] a passenger train; three women in the background. One of the 3 Issei women is [Shidzuyo Yasui], who is wearing a very long coat and a very large black hat with a long ostrich plume."
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."
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."
Seven men in an open touring car (ddr-densho-259-230)
img Seven men in an open touring car (ddr-densho-259-230)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Seven men in an open touring car The driver is a Caucasian man wearing a derby. Immediately behind him, also wearing a derby, is Toyoji Abe. Behind him, also in a derby, is Daiichi Takeoka. And peeking over Takeoka's left shoulder, is [Masuo Yasuoi], wearing a soft hat. In the very rear, ...
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."
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]."
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 ...
Four Nikkei children (ddr-densho-259-97)
img Four Nikkei children (ddr-densho-259-97)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Ches [Yasui] at around the age of 4. He is wearing a white hachimaki (headband) and has his right eye squinted in a very typical pose. Kay and two other little Nikkei kids are shown."
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.
Gidra, Vol. II, No. 4 (April 1970) (ddr-densho-297-13)
doc Gidra, Vol. II, No. 4 (April 1970) (ddr-densho-297-13)
Selected article titles: "ARM and Order" (p. 2), "Peace, or Else" (p. 3). "Gidra Banned from UCLA" (p. 4), "Revolution at Isla Vista" (p. 5), "The Gidra Story" (p. 9), "Yellow Brotherhood" (p. 18), "An Analysis of and Alternatives to Nixon's Welfare Proposals" (p. 19), "Legal Self Defense" (p. 23).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2045 (June 1, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-21)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2045 (June 1, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-21)
Selected article titles: "Harvey Itano: First Nisei Named to Nat'l Academy of Sciences" (p. 1), "First Friday Feature: The Chilling Fact Is the Same: Nikkei and Jews Both Interned by Their Own Nations for Only One Reason--Ancestry!" (p. 3), "A Question of Leadership" (p. 6), and "Nisei Relays Attract Record Entry of 364" (p. 11).
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).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 7 (August 14, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-33)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 7 (August 14, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-33)
Selected article titles: "Judge Black Backs Civil Rights Act Accommodations" (p.1), "Federal Urban Renewal Fundsd Jeopardized by Prop. 14 Nod" (p.1), "Nisei in Snake River Valley Area Active in Local Community, Civic Programs" (p.1), "New Japanese Town in Salt Lake Proposed as Civic Auditorium Complex Underway" (p.1), "Salt Lake JACLers Concerned over Battle of Educational Forces ...
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).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 5 (February 2, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-5)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 5 (February 2, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-5)
Selected article titles: "PSWDC Chapter Clinic Expected to Be Among Best" (p.1), "Revised Fair Housing Bill for San Fancisco City Presented" (p.1), "1942 Emergency Meeting" (p.2), "New Canadian Immigration Policy Removing Some Color Bars Adopted, Seek Quality Instead of Quantity-JCCA Not 'Sold'" (p.3), "Oregon State Senator Urges Nisei to Pass Wartime Evacuation Experiences to Sansei" (p.3), ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, Vol. 8 (February 21, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-8)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, Vol. 8 (February 21, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-8)
Selected article titles: "Growers Council to Recruit Domestic Hands for Bracero" (p.1); "Federal Aid in Housing Periled by Initiative" (p.1), "Tacoma Voters Reject Housing Ordinance" (p.1), "Cortez JACL Planning Community Center" (p.1), "Civil Rights Act" (p.2), "City Hall Approves Li'l Tokio Rebuilding" (p.3), "Once a North Dakota Homesteader, Kitagawa Now a Spry 88" (p.4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, Vol. 9 (February 28, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-9)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, Vol. 9 (February 28, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-9)
Selected article titles: "Rumford Act Repeal Measure Found Qualified" (p.1), "Sen. Kuchel Honored by JACL; Predicts Civil Rights Bill Win" (p.1), "Gov. Brown Pledges Support to Seek Needed Farm Help" (p.1), "PSWDC Major Medical Insurance Program to Be Launced when Brochure Printed" (p.1), "Civil Rights Act" (p.2), "Nisei Pastor of Negro Church Cited" (p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, Vol. 21 (May 22, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-21)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, Vol. 21 (May 22, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-21)
Selected article titles: "Realtor against Initiative Addresses PSWDC, Explains Cal. Fair Housing" (p.1, 4), "100th Infantry Regains Old Name" (p.1), "Naturalized Issei Permanently Residing in Japan Aided by Rule" (p.1), "Community Affairs Seminar to Be Organized" (p.3).
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