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.

Higher education (265)

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Yamato Ichihashi, Yuji Ichioka, Harry Kitano, T. Scott Miyakawa, S. Frank Miyamoto, National Japanese American Student Relocation Council, Tamotsu Shibutani, Tamie Tsuchiyama, Toshio Yatsushiro

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Reed College (ddr-one-1-364)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-364)
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 3180 (ddr-one-1-362).
University of Oregon coed (ddr-densho-259-27)
img University of Oregon coed (ddr-densho-259-27)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Michi [Yasui]'s college friend and roommate, Doris Hansen [or Hanson]."
img "Michi and Doris clowning around near a traffic stop sign" (ddr-densho-259-506)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Michi [Yasui] and Doris [Hansen] clowning around near a traffic stop sign."
Ottawa University Choir (ddr-densho-72-50)
img Ottawa University Choir (ddr-densho-72-50)
Photo from page of "Scrapbook: Postmarks, 1947-48". Ottawa University Choir; Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda is in the second row from the top, fourth from the left.
Gidra, Vol. I, No. 3 (June 1969) (ddr-densho-297-3)
doc Gidra, Vol. I, No. 3 (June 1969) (ddr-densho-297-3)
Selected article titlese: "The Persecution Rests" (p. 1), "CS, It's a Gas!" (p. 1), "Reflections in a Slanted Eye" (p. 2), "Grapes Are Coming!" (p. 4).
Dormitory at Waseda University (ddr-densho-299-54)
img Dormitory at Waseda University (ddr-densho-299-54)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-1940. 25 March 49 / NRS Project: / Wooden dormitory near Waseda Uni- / versity showing extensive use of / wooden construction in semi-public / buildings. / Photographer - Crowe / Photograph by U.S. Army."
Letter from Robert Ikari to Ted Akimoto (ddr-densho-299-75)
doc Letter from Robert Ikari to Ted Akimoto (ddr-densho-299-75)
Letter regarding Ted's sister Magaret, Robert's plans to attend GI University in Florence, and general army life.
University students (ddr-densho-104-6)
img University students (ddr-densho-104-6)
Akiko Kurose (right) at Friends University in Kansas.
College of Puget Sound Japanese American club (ddr-densho-109-38)
img College of Puget Sound Japanese American club (ddr-densho-109-38)
Front Row (L to R): Jack Hata, Aiko Kimura, Yoshiko Fujimoto, Yoshiye Jinguji, Margaret Yamamoto, Kenji Oyanagi. Back row (L to R): Tom Gato, Masayoski Jinguji, Jimmy Yoshioka, Hide Sato, Jimmy Yamamoto, Mine Tsuchikawa.
Change of student status (ddr-densho-338-333)
doc Change of student status (ddr-densho-338-333)
Guyo Tajiri's change of student status to classified graduate student at San Francisco State University.
College course records (ddr-densho-338-334)
doc College course records (ddr-densho-338-334)
The course grades and credits for Guyo Tajiri while attending San Francisco State University.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 70, No. 3 (January 23, 1970) (ddr-pc-42-3)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 70, No. 3 (January 23, 1970) (ddr-pc-42-3)
Selected article titles: "Monterey Park Orientals may challenge school desegregation" (p. 1), "Nat'l JACL Youth Services Staff Reorganized" (p. 1), "Pasadena City Fathers Skirt Action on Title II Resolution" (p. 1), "Need for community center in San Francisco J-town under study" (p. 1), "Church, civil liberties groups support JACL campaign to rid detention law" (p ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 70, No. 4 (January 30, 1970) (ddr-pc-42-4)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 70, No. 4 (January 30, 1970) (ddr-pc-42-4)
Selected article titles: "Emerging role for CL in '70s tagged; "New security bill due House vote" (p. 1), "Nat'l JACL aids ethnic curriculum" (p. 1), "Minorities help make U.S. great" (p. 2), "Sparky to keynote Title II repeal fund-raiser at PSWDC quarterly" (p. 3), "Radical rightists confront JACLer at state Board of Education hearing ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 70, No. 17 (May 1, 1970) (ddr-pc-42-17)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 70, No. 17 (May 1, 1970) (ddr-pc-42-17)
Selected article titles: "Bomb rips Seattle Japanese church" (p. 1), "Absolves loyal order of moose in refusing Negro service" (p. 1), "JACLers urged to reduce poverty and racism in U.S." (p. 1), "First textbook by Nisei teachers on Japanese Americans expected in July" (p. 2), "Property of Nisei family provides 'Honda Hill' for trail bike ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 121, No. 2 (July 21-August 3, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-14)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 121, No. 2 (July 21-August 3, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-14)
Selected article titles: "JACL National President Meets with Clinton" (pp. 1, 15), "JACL Message: Keep Affirmative Action in California Education" (pp. 1, 6, 15), "From the ORA: Potentially Eligible Redress Recipients" (pp. 10-14), and "GIs Return 'Home' to Camp Shelby" (p. 15).
Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1002-2-4)
vh Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1002-2-4)
Attending the University of Washington prewar, deciding to major in banking and finance

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not ...

George Azumano Interview Segment 9 (ddr-one-7-32-9)
vh George Azumano Interview Segment 9 (ddr-one-7-32-9)
Attending college

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 6 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-6)
vh Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 6 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-6)
Attending University of California Berkeley before World War II

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.

May Ota Higa Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-174-10)
vh May Ota Higa Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-174-10)
Moving to Ellensburg, Washington, and attending college; experiencing discrimination by a professor
Art Abe Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-206-12)
vh Art Abe Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-206-12)
Attending the University of Washington knowing that it was difficult for Japanese Americans to find work
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