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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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Hood River Japanese Community Hall (ddr-densho-259-343)
img Hood River Japanese Community Hall (ddr-densho-259-343)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A gathering of many of the Hood River Japanese community in front of the Hood River Japanese Community Hall To me, it appears to have been a photograph taken of the Christian Nikkei families in Hood River, although there certainly must have been exceptions to this general statement, because I see the …
img "Nikkei farm family scene" (ddr-densho-259-358)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A Nikkei farm family scene, taken at one of the early Yasui farms in Summit, which is slightly north and a little west of Odell, Oregon. The farm 'family' was mostly the young Masuo and Shidzuyo Yasuis Sitting back left is, I believe, Yoshizaemon Mori...I think that standing in the center is …
Nisei girls with dog (ddr-densho-259-404)
img Nisei girls with dog (ddr-densho-259-404)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Yuka [Yasui], a dog ['Mike'] and Chiye Tomihiro. This was taken on the back sidewalk steps to our home at 704 Montello Avenue in Hood River."
Issei men alongside a touring car (ddr-densho-259-192)
img Issei men alongside a touring car (ddr-densho-259-192)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Masuo Yasui] and another man standing alongside a touring car. The interesting thing about this picture is that the sign on the wall of the building says, 'E.C. Smith Motor Co.' I doubt that this was a business run by Ernest C. Smith, [Masuo]'s old friend. but who knows? E.C. Smith's business …
Japanese American Families in Hood River, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-48)
img Japanese American Families in Hood River, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-48)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Taken in Hood River, on the southwest corner of Second Street and Oak Street. The sign on the window of the corner shop says, 'Slocums Book Store', and further back there is an overhead sign that says, 'Drugs'. The latter was Keir's Drug Store...The picture shows...[Shidzuyo Yasui], [Masuo Yasui], Senichi Tomihiro, Daiichi …
Five Issei men (ddr-densho-259-37)
img Five Issei men (ddr-densho-259-37)
Five Issei men, including Masuo Yasui, standing in a field.
Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-237)
img Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-237)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "St. Marks Church in Hood River, showing [Masuo Yasui], several Issei men, a Caucasian minister, and remarkably, a Japanese minister not Isaac Inouye. St. Marks was either a Catholic or Episcopalian church--or maybe it was a Lutheran church. In any event, the two clerics are wearing their collars backwards, as Catholic and …
Nikkei at a train depot (ddr-densho-259-236)
img Nikkei at a train depot (ddr-densho-259-236)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Some [Hood River] Nikkei next to a train, maybe seeing the Rev. Uemura's off."
img "Issei men in a fancy living room" (ddr-densho-259-544)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A gathering of dignified-looking Issei men in a fancy living room with an imposing fireplace mantel and very fancy window drapes. I wonder if this could have been the Japanese Consul General's residence in Portland."
Issei on a mountain (ddr-densho-259-219)
img Issei on a mountain (ddr-densho-259-219)
Unidentified Issei on what appears to be a mountain. Possibly Mount Hood, Oregon.
img "Hood River Nikkei community" (ddr-densho-259-141)
Hood River Nikkei community. Caption by Homer Yasui: " [This picture] was surely taken on the side of the little hill which was slightly to the east and north of the [Hood River] Japanese Community Hall The Hall was built around then, so this may have been a commemorative portrait."
Four Issei men on a bridge (ddr-densho-259-183)
img Four Issei men on a bridge (ddr-densho-259-183)
From left to right: Daiichi Takeoka, an unidentified man, Keisuke Ito, and Masuo Yasui at Crown Point, Oregon.
img "Gathering of Hood River Nikkei" (ddr-densho-259-21)
Group photograph of Nikkei living in Hood River, Oregon.
img "Hood River Japanese Community" (ddr-densho-259-302)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A large gathering of the Hood River Nihonjin, at what I think was taken on the little knoll to the northeast of the Hood River Japanese Community Hall."
Five Japanese American men (ddr-densho-259-481)
img Five Japanese American men (ddr-densho-259-481)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Masuo Yasui] in a group portrait with 4 other Nihonjin men."
Issei men at train depot (ddr-densho-259-145)
img Issei men at train depot (ddr-densho-259-145)
Left to right: unknown man, Masuo Yasui, and Yeitaro Yamaki.
img "Girls from Dee" (ddr-densho-259-272)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Five Nisei girls who lived in Dee [Oregon]. This picture was taken on the south side of the old Dee Japanese Community Hall. I can identify Mikie Kageyama and Hannah Kinoshita but I don't recognize the other three."
Issei men and women beside a passenger train (ddr-densho-259-271)
img Issei men and women beside a passenger train (ddr-densho-259-271)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Two Issei men standing besides [sic] a passenger train; three women in the background. One of the 3 Issei women is [Shidzuyo Yasui], who is wearing a very long coat and a very large black hat with a long ostrich plume."
img "Hood River Japanese community welcoming dignitaries" (ddr-densho-259-299)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Hood River Japanese community welcoming dignitaries." Caption by Homer Yasui: "A very large gathering of Nikkei in front of the Hood River Japanese Community Hall I will guess that the couple in the center was the Japanese ambassador to the United States, Debuchi Kakka and Mrs. Debuchi. According to Corky Kawasaki, Kakka …
Ten Issei men (ddr-densho-259-327)
img Ten Issei men (ddr-densho-259-327)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "10 Issei men, all in western attire. Location not identified, but there is a handwritten date of 1907 at the top. Around then, Masuo [Yasui] was living in Portland at either the Japanese Methodist Mission or at the home of the Caucasian attorney, for whom he worked as a houseboy."
Nisei children gathered in a living room (ddr-densho-259-193)
img Nisei children gathered in a living room (ddr-densho-259-193)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Portrait of the Yasui children, from Michi on down, together with the Shimbo children, in the living room of the latter. The Shimbos were family friends living in Walla Walla, WA, and we went to visit them one summer."
Issei men eating apples (ddr-densho-259-81)
img Issei men eating apples (ddr-densho-259-81)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Dad and 2 Japanese friends eating apples in front of an apple tree."
Seven men in an open touring car (ddr-densho-259-230)
img Seven men in an open touring car (ddr-densho-259-230)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Seven men in an open touring car The driver is a Caucasian man wearing a derby. Immediately behind him, also wearing a derby, is Toyoji Abe. Behind him, also in a derby, is Daiichi Takeoka. And peeking over Takeoka's left shoulder, is [Masuo Yasuoi], wearing a soft hat. In the very rear, …
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