Associations and organizations

The Issei (Japanese immigrants) established cultural, business, and religious organizations that supported ethnic enclaves. This early form of networking served more than social and economic interests -- it became a substitute for the extended-family and village systems left behind in Japan. Christian and Buddhist neighborhood churches, Japanese language schools, and sports leagues allowed the Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) to participate in organized social activities as well as form peer networks.

Community activities (562)
Associations and organizations (152)
Kenjinkai (18)
Economic associations (28)
The Japanese American Citizens League (492)
Community and social service associations (57)
Student clubs (43)
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America (52)
Fujinkai (1)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Japanese associations, Manzanar Committee, National Coalition for Redress/Reparations, National Council for Japanese American Redress

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YWCA conference attendees (ddr-densho-111-10)
img YWCA conference attendees (ddr-densho-111-10)
L to R: Aya Miyazaki, Sada Murayama and Elaine Ishikawa Hayes. These young women were temporarily released from Tule Lake concentration camp to attend the YWCA conference.
Lotus group performance (ddr-densho-128-31)
img Lotus group performance (ddr-densho-128-31)
This program took place at the Nippon Kan Theater in Seattle's Nihonmachi area. The Lotus group was affiliated with the Seattle Buddhist Church.
Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-99)
img Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-99)
The Lotus group was an association of young members of Seattle's Buddhist Church. This photo was taken after a Lotus performance at Nippon Kan Theatre.
Lotus group picnic (ddr-densho-128-16)
img Lotus group picnic (ddr-densho-128-16)
Lotus group picnic at Glendawn Park. Lotus was an association of young members of Seattle's Buddhist Church.
Green Lake Young People's Club (ddr-densho-136-39)
img Green Lake Young People's Club (ddr-densho-136-39)
Members of the Green Lake Seinenkai (young people's club), a social club primarily for Nisei in their teens and twenties. This club organized athletic, cultural, and social activities. Back row (L to R): Tadashi Kumagai, Toge Fujihara, Tak Nakawatase, Akira Kumasaka, Tom Nishitani, Naoshi Kumagai, Nobuo Tanagi, Nobi Yamada, Shuichi Abe. Middle row (L to ...
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 10 (February 2, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-177)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 10 (February 2, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-177)
""This is Your Seattle, in Music and Art' to be YW Course" (p. 1), "Kaneko Cites JACL's Work; Eyes Members" (p. 1), "60 Day Visit to Japan May Be Okay Soon" (p. 1).
Japanese Industrial Association in Brawley, California (ddr-densho-242-27)
img Japanese Industrial Association in Brawley, California (ddr-densho-242-27)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "Japanese Industrial Association Brawley, Calif. Probably 1928-30. Kumezo Hatchimonji - extreme right with hand on boy."
Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-259-365)
img Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-259-365)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "I think that this gathering took place in front of what was then called the Centenary Wilbur Methodist Church, in Portland I suspect that this was a YPCC--Young People's Christian Conference--because many of the Nisei are wearing identification badges."
Nisei baseball players (ddr-densho-259-539)
img Nisei baseball players (ddr-densho-259-539)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Ches [Tsuyoshi Yasui] in baseball shin guards, with other presumed baseball players. This may well have been part of the Nisei Athletic Club baseball team."
Nipponjin Kai members (ddr-densho-259-333)
img Nipponjin Kai members (ddr-densho-259-333)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of 39-40 well dressed Issei men standing on a lawn from the appearance of the men, I will guess that these were Nipponjin Kai members."
Japanese Hall (ddr-densho-34-89)
img Japanese Hall (ddr-densho-34-89)
Members of the Japanese American community on Bainbridge Island, Washington, pose outside the Japanese Hall on Grow Avenue.
Remarks by the President at the Signing Ceremony for Japanese Internment Legislation (August 10, 1988) (ddr-janm-4-41)
doc Remarks by the President at the Signing Ceremony for Japanese Internment Legislation (August 10, 1988) (ddr-janm-4-41)
Remarks by the President at the Signing Ceremony for Japanese Internment Legislation on August 10, 1988.
Program for a Day of Remembrance event (February 18, 1990) (ddr-janm-4-9)
doc Program for a Day of Remembrance event (February 18, 1990) (ddr-janm-4-9)
Beyond Redress: Building on our Victories, Day of Remembrance event program sponsored by the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (February 18, 1990).
Program for a Celebration Marking the First Redress Payments Under the Civil Liberites Act of 1988 event (October 9, 1990) (ddr-janm-4-12)
doc Program for a Celebration Marking the First Redress Payments Under the Civil Liberites Act of 1988 event (October 9, 1990) (ddr-janm-4-12)
Program for a Celebration Marking the First Redress Payments Under the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 event at The Great Hall (October 9, 1990).
Letter to Tsuyako
doc Letter to Tsuyako "Sox" Kitashima from Robert K. Bratt, Administrator of Redress (November 14, 1990) (ddr-janm-4-26)
Letter to Tsuyako "Sox" Kitashima from Robert K. Bratt, Administrator of Redress from the Office of Redress Administration (November 14, 1990).
Japanese American Internment Bay Area 50th Year Commemoration pamphlet (ddr-janm-4-38)
doc Japanese American Internment Bay Area 50th Year Commemoration pamphlet (ddr-janm-4-38)
Japanese American Internment Bay Area 50th Year Commemoration of Executive Order 9066 pamphlet.
Tomio Moriguchi Interview II Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-60-16)
vh Tomio Moriguchi Interview II Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-60-16)
Community involvement: reflecting on different organizational styles and strengths
Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-77-25)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-77-25)
Becoming involved in community organizations after the war

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-12-22)
vh Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-12-22)
Social, cultural activities for the Nisei in the prewar Bellevue, Washington, community
Man Giving Speech (ddr-hmwf-1-507)
img Man Giving Speech (ddr-hmwf-1-507)
"Dillon S. Myer, High School auditorium, Aug 12, 1943" as described on back, man standing at podium
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