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 (832)
Associations and organizations (289)

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

289 items
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 R): …
Green Lake Young People's Club (ddr-densho-136-28)
img Green Lake Young People's Club (ddr-densho-136-28)
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 such as formal dances (pictured here). (L to R): Tak Nakawatase, Shuichi Abe, Toshiko Fukano, Naoshi Kumagai, Minnie Ota, Kiyoshi Tada, May Kumasaka, Nobi Yamada, Ko Suzuki, Sumio …
Green Lake Young People's Club (ddr-densho-136-2)
img Green Lake Young People's Club (ddr-densho-136-2)
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 such as formal dances (pictured here).
Two women (ddr-densho-136-26)
img Two women (ddr-densho-136-26)
Pearl Nishitani (left) was the first advisor of the Green Lake Seinenkai (Young People's Club).
Women in front of roller coaster (ddr-densho-136-25)
img Women in front of roller coaster (ddr-densho-136-25)
Nisei friends standing in front of the "Big Dipper" Rollercoaster at the Playland Amusement Park, located in the Bitter Lake neighborhood at North 132nd and Aurora Avenue. Many Green Lake Japanese Association and Seinenkai (Young People's Club) activities were held there in addition to Seattle's Japan Day celebrations. (L to R): Ruth Nishino, Yuri Takahashi, Rosemary …
Group outing at Mt. Rainier (ddr-densho-136-10)
img Group outing at Mt. Rainier (ddr-densho-136-10)
This outing was organized by the Seinenkai, or Young People's Club. (L to R): Tak Nakawatase, Lily Yasui, Ko Abe, Tadashi Kumagai.
Photograph of Senior Citizen-Pioneer Day (ddr-manz-4-106)
img Photograph of Senior Citizen-Pioneer Day (ddr-manz-4-106)
Caption: "Manzanar Keiro Kan (Senior Citizen-Pioneer Day) sponsored by YBA (Young Buddhist Association), September 26, 1943, Rev. Nagatomi and Mayeda in attendance."
Copy of a letter to Mr. Turner and Mr. Sudde from Marlene Tonai, Chair of the Bay Area NCRR (November 23, 1991) (ddr-janm-4-14)
doc Copy of a letter to Mr. Turner and Mr. Sudde from Marlene Tonai, Chair of the Bay Area NCRR (November 23, 1991) (ddr-janm-4-14)
Copy of a letter to Mr. Turner and Mr. Sudde from Marlene Tonai, Chair of the Bay Area NCRR, Marlene Tonai (November 23, 1991).
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 (January 2, 1992) (ddr-janm-4-28)
Letter to Tsuyako "Sox" Kitashima from Robert K. Bratt, Administrator of Redress from the Office of Redress Administration (January 2, 1992).
Program for a Day of Remembrance event (February 16, 1991) (ddr-janm-4-24)
doc Program for a Day of Remembrance event (February 16, 1991) (ddr-janm-4-24)
Day of Remembrance- Remembrance in Action: Continuing Our Fight For Civil Rights event program sponsored by the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (February 16, 1991).
Schedule for the Public Hearing by the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (August 13, 1981) (ddr-janm-4-32)
doc Schedule for the Public Hearing by the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (August 13, 1981) (ddr-janm-4-32)
Schedule for the Public Hearing in San Francisco, California by the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (August 13, 1981).
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.
doc "Seabiscuit Rededication" speech by Tsuyako "Sox" Kitashima (September 23, 1991) (ddr-janm-4-17)
Speech entitled "Seabiscuit Rededication" by Tsuyako "Sox" Kitashima (September 23, 1991). Speech was given at the Tanforan Racetrack in San Bruno, California.
Poster informing the public to attend the Commission hearings (ddr-janm-4-6)
doc Poster informing the public to attend the Commission hearings (ddr-janm-4-6)
Poster informing the public to attend the Commission hearings. It gives a list of dates and times as well as the location and telephone numbers for more information.
NCRR (National Coalation for Redress/Reparations) pamphlet (ddr-janm-4-8)
doc NCRR (National Coalation for Redress/Reparations) pamphlet (ddr-janm-4-8)
NCRR (National Coalation for Redress/Reparations) brief history and membership sign-up pamphlet.
Program for a Day of Remembrance event (February 18, 1989) (ddr-janm-4-23)
doc Program for a Day of Remembrance event (February 18, 1989) (ddr-janm-4-23)
Day of Remembrance- Reflecting on our Past/Shaping the Future event program sponsored by the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (February 18, 1989).
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).
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.
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).
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