Community activities

Japanese Americans of the pre-World War II era, urban and rural dwellers alike, lived in tight-knit communities bound together by a wide variety of shared associations and institutions. In an era marked by pronounced anti-Asian racism, Japanese Americans in cities tended to live in segregated ghettoes. While discrimination was the reason for isolated Japanese American neighborhoods, the well-organized and tight-knit community provided a rich social and cultural foundation for the Japanese immigrants and their children.

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Japanese American women in Phoenix, Arizona (ddr-densho-242-28)
img Japanese American women in Phoenix, Arizona (ddr-densho-242-28)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "Japanese ladies in Phoenix, Arizona. No other details available. The year was probably 1931."
Group portrait of Japanese Americans in formal attire (ddr-densho-242-25)
img Group portrait of Japanese Americans in formal attire (ddr-densho-242-25)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "Ninomiya photo - could be in Los Angeles. No data available."
Japanese Americans greet a visitor from Japan (ddr-densho-242-32)
img Japanese Americans greet a visitor from Japan (ddr-densho-242-32)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "Brawley, Calif. Imperial Valley. Around 1930-32. A group of local Japanese greet a visitor from Japan. Kumezo Hatchimonji is 3rd from the left, rear row. 'Mayor' Kenny Iwata (just an honorary title) in front holding a hat. Other are unidentified."
Formal dining event (ddr-densho-201-451)
img Formal dining event (ddr-densho-201-451)
Japanese Americans sitting at tables at a formal dining event, occasion unknown. Caption on reverse: "One. Photo by Elmer Ogawa."
img "Ogden Bussie Girls" (ddr-densho-201-352)
Young women posed by columns. Caption on front: "Ogden Bussie Girls."
Three women posing in skirt suits (ddr-densho-201-438)
img Three women posing in skirt suits (ddr-densho-201-438)
Inscription on front: "V. dear Maso [sic] Love [Umi?]." Caption on reverse: "3 musketeer."
Young women hugging and laughing (ddr-densho-201-353)
img Young women hugging and laughing (ddr-densho-201-353)
Young women hugging and laughing. Caption on front: "Minnie T., 'Sister' Ume, Catherine, Amy Takata."
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 72 (September 9, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-241)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 72 (September 9, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-241)
"Truman Must Approve or Veto Walter Bill by Today; Ten-Day Period Ends" (p. 1), "C-B-I Hero's Wife Awaits Truman Okay" (p. 1), "Masaoka, Brilliant ADC Chief, Named to Distinguished Leadership Award" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 53 (July 29, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-40)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 53 (July 29, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-40)
"Issei, Nisei Population Changes Noted in Study" (p. 1), "Artists on Sidewalks of Tokyo Earn Livelihood Painting Pix for GI's" (p. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 57 (August 12, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-44)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 57 (August 12, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-44)
"Huge Trading to Japan Seen" (p. 1), "Community Chest Goal for '48 Set at 2 Million" (p. 1) "Nisei Lassie Wed to Ex-Marine Linked in Immigration Puzzler" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 95 (November 17, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-156)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 95 (November 17, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-156)
"All Persons Not Yet X-Rayed Urged to Show Up for Exams; Anti-TB Units Now in Area" (p. 1), "Japanese War Brides Welcomed to Join New YWCA Group" (p. 1), "2 More Area GI's Returned to U.S." (p. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 80 (October 31, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-67)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 80 (October 31, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-67)
"End Race Ban Now : Truman Committee" (p. 1), "Free Baby Clinic Opens Nov. 6" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 86 (October 16, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-148)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 86 (October 16, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-148)
""Our Job Not Yet Complete' Williams Says as He Extends Chest Drive One More Week. Leader Cites Grave Need to Hit Goal. Youngsters Do Their Share. Area Expects to End Push by Oct. 18" (pg. 1), "Japanese Third of Hawaii" (pg. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 43 (June 20, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-31)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 43 (June 20, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-31)
"156 Families Told to Quit Yesler Low-Rent Project" (p. 1), "U.S. Commerce Department Accepts Applications from Businessmen for Permits to Visit Japan" (p. 1), "Masaoka Hits Bias Problem from "Front" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 35 (May 9, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-21)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 35 (May 9, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-21)
"Cites Remarkable Health Gain in Japan" (p. 1), "Jackson St. Council Starts Clean-Up Push" (p. 1), "Picks Nisei Girl May Day Queen" (p. 1) "It's Hot Price for Hot Bath" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 46 (June 8, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-213)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 46 (June 8, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-213)
"Canadian Pastor Impressed by Economic Recovery of Japanese on West Coast" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 89 (October 27, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-151)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 89 (October 27, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-151)
"Japan Sets Up 5-Year Plan to Accommodate Tourists, Travel Bureau Aide Says" (p. 1), "Area Child Health Unit to Become Full-Fledged Clinic After November 1" (p.1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 50 (July 18, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-37)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 50 (July 18, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-37)
"Invite 11 Nations to Begin Talks for Early Japanese Peace Pact" (p. 1), "Probe Shoyu Sold on Shelves of Local Stores" (p. 1), "Truman Signs Thurn Bill" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 2 (January 6, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-76)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 2 (January 6, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-76)
"Educational Center in City Changes Its Name to Neighborhood House" (pg. 1), "Tokyo Rose Denied Re-Entry into U.S." (pg. 2), "Kashino Vows Aid to Kin of GI Dead" (pg. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 47 (June 2, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-115)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 47 (June 2, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-115)
"Flood Hits 104 Japanese Families in Vanport City" (p. 1), "JACL-ADC Points to Early Action on Evacuation Claims Measure" (p. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 4 (January 10, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-78)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 4 (January 10, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-78)
"Japan Homeless Total 1,600,000" (pg. 1), "Munemori's Body To Rest in L.A." (pg. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 53 (June 23, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-121)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 53 (June 23, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-121)
"Community Honors Nisei War Dead. Fitting Memorial Services Pay Tribute to First Eight in Area; 1,000 Gather in First Methodist" (pg. 1), "Red Cross Pleads for More Aid to Assist Vanport Victims" (pg. 3), "Evacuation Claims Bill Needs Only President's Signature" (pg. 3), "D.C. Responds to Flood Plea" (pg. 5).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 58 (August 15, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-45)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 58 (August 15, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-45)
"Civic Unity Group Airs Dramas on Bias Issues Over KJR" (p. 1), "Asks For Bids on Hunt, Idaho, Buildings" (p. 1)
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