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 and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-262)
img Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-262)
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 …
Group photograph of Japanese American women and children (ddr-densho-259-34)
img Group photograph of Japanese American women and children (ddr-densho-259-34)
Group photograph of Japanese American women and children, including Shidzuyo, Min, and Ches Yasui. Date and location unknown, though it may be a photograph from a gathering of Nikkei living in Hood River, Oregon.
Young Nisei man and woman (ddr-densho-259-540)
img Young Nisei man and woman (ddr-densho-259-540)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Ches [Tsuyoshi Yasui] and unidentified Nisei girl. I don't know who this woman is, but it seems to me that it was taken when Ches went to Wapato, [Washington], to participate in a baseball game. In any case, Ches is clowning around, which he frequently did."
Group of Issei women with reverend (ddr-densho-259-225)
img Group of Issei women with reverend (ddr-densho-259-225)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Mrs. Munemoto, Mrs. Iwasa, Mrs. Iwatsuka, Mrs. Tanimoto, Mrs. Yamaki, Rev. [Isaac] Inouye."
Issei men wearing derbies on a hillside (ddr-densho-259-334)
img Issei men wearing derbies on a hillside (ddr-densho-259-334)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of twelve well dressed Issei men, most of whom are also wearing derbies, and sitting among a field of bracken fern on a side hill. I think that this was taken at the Vista House on the Columbia River highway [in Crown Point, Oregon]."
img "Nikkei farm family scene" (ddr-densho-259-133)
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 …
Issei men around a table (ddr-densho-259-341)
img Issei men around a table (ddr-densho-259-341)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of 33 Issei men in business suits in a small room gathered around a white cloth-covered long table."
Group of Issei women with reverend (ddr-densho-259-226)
img Group of Issei women with reverend (ddr-densho-259-226)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Mrs. Munemoto, Mrs. Iwasa, Mrs. Iwatsuka, Mrs. Tanimoto, Mrs. Yamaki."
img "Gathering of Hood River Nikkei" (ddr-densho-259-19)
Group photograph of Nikkei living in Hood River, Oregon.
Four Nikkei children (ddr-densho-259-97)
img Four Nikkei children (ddr-densho-259-97)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Ches [Yasui] at around the age of 4. He is wearing a white hachimaki (headband) and has his right eye squinted in a very typical pose. Kay and two other little Nikkei kids are shown."
Issei men and white women in a wooded bower (ddr-densho-259-156)
img Issei men and white women in a wooded bower (ddr-densho-259-156)
Masuo Yasui, an unidentified Issei man, and four unidentified white women sitting in a wooded area.
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."
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."
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."
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)
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).
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