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    "title": "Ai Chih and Ryo (Morikawa) Tsai Family Collection",
    "description": "The Ai Chih and Ryo (Morikawa) Tsai Collection consists of materials compiled by Rev. Ai Chih Tsai and his wife, Ryo (Morikawa) Tsai, along with other documents pertaining to the Tsai and Morikawa families. Contained are correspondence, photographs, narratives, and other documents depicting the Tsai family’s experiences prior to, during, and immediately following World War II. Also included are photographs, narratives, souvenir books, and other materials relating to Ai Chih Tsai’s work as pastor of the Japanese Congregational Church in Seattle, Washington and Ryo (Morikawa) Tsai’s education and career as a librarian at University of Washington Libraries and the Seattle Public Library, as well as her posthumous honorary degree from the California Nisei College Diploma Project.",
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    "record_created": "2021-09-20T10:29:21",
    "record_lastmod": "2023-06-13T14:22:26",
    "status": "completed",
    "public": "1",
    "unitdateinclusive": "1900-2010",
    "unitdatebulk": "1938-1961",
    "extent": "1 Binder and 13 Folders",
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    "contributor": "Densho",
    "physloc": "Returned to lenders",
    "acqinfo": "Objects 1-369\r\nBilin Tsai\r\n2616 E. 3rd St.\r\nDulith, MN 55812\r\nand\r\n165 Cambridgepark Drive\r\nApt 515\r\nCambridge, MA 02140\r\n218-310-8928\r\[email protected]\r\n\r\nObjects 370-458\r\nBisim Lee \r\n17205 SE 47th St \r\nBellevue, WA 98006\r\[email protected]",
    "processinfo": "Signed Release forms added to administrative tab of object ddr-densho-446-1. (MM 6/23)",
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    "prefercite": "Courtesy of the Ai Chih and Ryo (Morikawa) Tsai Family Collection, Densho",
    "bioghist": "\"Rev. Ai Chih Tsai was born in 1913 in Tainan Province (Taiwan) during the Japanese occupation and attended university at Doshisha Daigaku in Kyoto. He moved to the United States in 1938 to study theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School and was ordained as a minister in 1942. He married Ryo Morikawa (a nisei born in San Diego) in December 1942 while serving the Japanese Church of Christ in Chicago, which called Ai Chih to serve as the pastor for their congregation because he spoke both English and Japanese. He served the congregation until 1944, when the U.S. Navy recruited him to assist with plans to invade Taiwan. \r\n\r\nAt the time, Tsai was one of very few Taiwanese people in the United States and worked through various channels to change his visa status from “enemy alien” (Japanese) to Formosan Chinese. After the Navy decided against invading Taiwan, Tsai worked as a civilian contractor with the Pentagon until the end of the War. \r\n\r\nHe worked with the United States Strategic Bombing Survey (USSBS) in Japan from October 1944 to January 1945. At the conclusion of the survey, he worked for the United Nations Rescue and Relief Association (UNRRA) in Taiwan from 1946-September 1947. During this time, Ai Chih and Ryo worked through the U.S. State Department to secure Ai Chih’s immigration visa for U.S. citizenship. He returned to the U.S. in 1947 and became the pastor of the Seattle Japanese Congregational church, where he served until his retirement in 1978. He died in 1998.\r\n\r\nRyo (Morikawa) Tsai was born in 1921 in San Diego, where she lived with her family until shortly before World War II. Her father owned a nursery on La Jolla Ave until he was killed in an automobile accident prior to World War II. Ryo attended San Diego State College (San Diego State University) from 1939-1940 and studied at Keisen University in Japan for one year. She returned to the U.S. in 1941 and moved with her mother and two brothers to Chicago to avoid forced removal. She lived with her husband Ai Chih Tsai and her oldest child during the war. Following the war, she moved back to San Diego with her mother. She and Ai Chih Tsai moved to Seattle in 1948. Ryo completed her studies at the University of Washington, completing a BA in English in 1958 and a Master of Librarianship in 1960. She was certified as a librarian in Washington State in May 1961 and worked for UW Libraries during the university’s centennial celebration. She also served as a librarian at several library branches in the Seattle Public Library System before retiring as the head librarian of the Susan Henry Branch Library on Capitol Hill. She and Ai Chih raised four children. She died in 2010 and received a posthumous honorary degree from San Diego State University under the California Nisei College Diploma Project.\"",
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