Higher education

The Issei (first-generation Japanese immigrants) put great emphasis on education as a means of succeeding in the U.S. While many Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) obtained college degrees, they found professions closed to them. It was not uncommon for educated nisei to be forced to settle for menial jobs in the ethnic community. Frequently, Japanese Americans could find jobs commensurate with their education only by becoming independent professionals such as doctors and dentists providing services to the Japanese community. The World War II incarceration interrupted thousands of students' university educations.

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Reed College (ddr-one-1-353)
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Black and white photographic negative of Ayame Ogimi leaning against a railing posing for the camera. This photographic negative was taken at Reed College where Ayame was a student.
Reed College (ddr-one-1-356)
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Black and white photographic negative of siblings Carlos Ogimi and Ayame Ogimi at Reed College, where they both attended school.
Reed College (ddr-one-1-352)
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Black and white photographic negative of Ayame Ogimi leaning back in a chair reading a book with her feet resting on a desk. The picture was taken at Reed College, most likely in the common area of her dorm, where Ayame attended school.
Reed College (ddr-one-1-366)
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Black and white photographic print of Ayame Ogimi playing ukulele for two unidentified friends in her dorm room at Reed College. Negative ONLC 3186 (ddr-one-1-368).
Reed College (ddr-one-1-351)
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Black and white photographic negative of Ayame Ogimi's dorm room at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Ayame Ogimi is seated on the floor smiling towards the camera, friends seated in semi-circle are unidentified.
Reed College (ddr-one-1-368)
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Black and white photographic negative of Ayame Ogimi playing ukulele for two unidentified friends in her dorm room at Reed College. Original print ONLC 3184 (ddr-one-1-366)
Gordon Hirabayashi Interview II Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-18-3)
vh Gordon Hirabayashi Interview II Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-18-3)
Prewar life at the University of Washington: extra-curricular activities open to Japanese American students, but not the Greek system
James Yamazaki Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-175-13)
vh James Yamazaki Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-175-13)
Attending college

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The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 39 (May 5, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-107)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 39 (May 5, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-107)
"Two Earn Degrees at University; Pacific College Honors 4 Nisei" (p. 1), "Ishikawa Points Out Disabilities Facing "Ineligible' Peoples" (p. 5), "House Subcommittee Convenes in Executive Meet to Weigh Riders to Immigration Bills" (p. 6).
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 101 (December 20, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-259)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 101 (December 20, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-259)
"Sen. Russell Objects to Walter Bill" (p. 1), "Three Courses on Far East Offered by U.W." (p. 1), "Senate Receives Walter Measure" (p. 4).
Valeda freshmen installation ceremony (ddr-densho-45-4)
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In fall 1947, women of Japanese ancestry started a new student group called Valeda ("wise women" in Greek). Like the Fuyokai, Valeda supported Japanese American women students and encouraged them to join other organizations on campus. Valeda participated in numerous projects on campus and in the community until it disbanded in 1965. Left to right: Setsuko ...
Members of SYNKOA in front of the Japanese Students Club clubhouse (ddr-densho-45-2)
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After World War II, the Japanese Students Club became known as SYNKOA to honor members who had died during the war. The first letters of the following members' last names make up the acronym: George T. Sawada, Frank M. Shigemura, George Yamaguchi, Hideo H. Yasui, Shigeo Yoshioka, William K. Nakamura, Ben Ninomiya, Jiro Kanetomi, Yoshio Kato ...
Fuyokai members in front of four columns (ddr-densho-45-3)
img Fuyokai members in front of four columns (ddr-densho-45-3)
In 1925, twelve women formed the Fuyokai, which is Japanese for "Hibiscus Club." Their goal was to support Japanese American students and develop an understanding of "the highest ideals of Japan and America."
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Yuri Shimokochi (July 5, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-59)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Yuri Shimokochi (July 5, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-59)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Yuri Shimokochi (July 5, 1943). Envelope is postmarked July 6, 1943 from the Heart Mountain Incarceration Camp in Cody, Wyoming.
Richard Kosaki Interview Segment 40 (ddr-janm-13-1-40)
vh Richard Kosaki Interview Segment 40 (ddr-janm-13-1-40)
Writing a master plan for a statewide system for the University of Hawaii

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Reed College (ddr-one-1-360)
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Black and white photographic negative of Ayame Ogimi and her brother Carlos Ogimi staring at a large document or drawing on a table in front of them. This photograph was taken at Reed College where Ayame and Carlos were both students. Original print ONLC 3176 (ddr-one-1-358).
Reed College (ddr-one-1-363)
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Black and white photographic negative of Carlos Ogimi and other students sitting at drawing table working on an unknown project. Carlos is the first seated student on the right, everyone else is unidentified. This photographic negative was taken at Reed College where Carlos was a student. Original print ONLC 3179 (ddr-one-1-361).
Reed College (ddr-one-1-354)
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Black and white photographic negative of Carlos Ogimi and other students sitting at drawing table working on an unknown project. Carlos is the first seated student on the right, everyone else is unidentified. This photographic negative was most likely taken at Reed College where Carlos was a student.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 12 (March 27, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-12)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 12 (March 27, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-12)
Selected article titles: "'More Perfect Union': Smithsonian Gets Hate Mail on JA Exhibit" (pp. 1, 3), "Walerga Park: WW2 Assembly Center Site Memorialized with Plaque" (pp. 1, 3), "JACL Personnel Manual: Framework for Discussion" (pp. 4-5), and "Backlash on the Campuses" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 13 (April 3, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-13)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 13 (April 3, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-13)
Selected article titles: "AP Students Discuss Issues in Education" (pp. 1, 8), "Asian Candidate Building a Coalition in 'Black District'" (pp. 1, 3), "Takeru Higuchi: Chemist Who Invented Time Release Pill Dies" (p. 3), and "USC Opens Clinic Geared for Older JAs" (p. 10).
University of Washington Bulletin, Undergraduate Honors, 1941-1942 (ddr-densho-241-3)
doc University of Washington Bulletin, Undergraduate Honors, 1941-1942 (ddr-densho-241-3)
University of Washington Bulletin, Undergraduate Honors, 1941-1942. mailed to graduate at Tule Lake
University of Oregon coed (ddr-densho-259-24)
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Caption by Homer Yasui: "Michi [Yasui] was a [University of Oregon] coed here, standing on the steps of what may have been her dormitory, Susan Campbell Hall."
Issei Yale Law graduate in cap and gown (ddr-densho-259-430)
img Issei Yale Law graduate in cap and gown (ddr-densho-259-430)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Young Japanese man in a cap and gown. Although I don't know who the man was on the photograph it says 'Yale Law -- '11' He had to have been an Issei, and to have graduated from such a prestigious school then, indicated a very talented young man."
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