Kenjinkai were organizations made up of Issei (Japanese immigrants) who shared roots in the same prefecture (ken) in Japan. They fostered a sense of community for immigrants in a strange land by sponsoring social events such as dinners and picnics, serving as mutual aid societies, and providing informal networks for apprenticeships, hiring, and business patronage.
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This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.
This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.