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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Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-43)
doc Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-43)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including family interactions, memories, homesickness, friendships, social interactions, school, self-reflection, juvenile delinquency, peer behaviors, death, religion, opinions, and worldviews. Each entry includes the full date and student name. The entries were part of a class assignment and collected for …
Fashion show (ddr-csujad-26-127)
img Fashion show (ddr-csujad-26-127)
Two Japanese American women pose in front of an audience during a fashion show. Verso reads, "a fashion show." From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_05_096
Two women walking (ddr-csujad-26-71)
img Two women walking (ddr-csujad-26-71)
Two Japanese American women walking while people gather in background in front of desert landscape. From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_05_008
Broadcast affair Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-26-18)
doc Broadcast affair Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-26-18)
Chronological account of an Office of War Information visit to Tule Lake to ask incarcerees to broadcast about the conditions of the incarceration camp in response to reported propaganda broadcasts on Tokyo radio. Report describes conditions under which the broadcast would have been made, details of meetings, and arguments for and against the broadcast. Report compiled …
University of California evacuation and resettlement study: The Gila River WRA relocation center, Rivers, Pinal County, Arizona (ddr-csujad-26-27)
doc University of California evacuation and resettlement study: The Gila River WRA relocation center, Rivers, Pinal County, Arizona (ddr-csujad-26-27)
Description of the Gila River incarceration camp during the first month of occupation, including camp location, climate, landscape, barracks, issues with camp construction, poor conditions and lack of furnishings, incarcerees who were subjected to upon arrival. Camp administration, food and housing issues, camp employment, security, recreation, and social groups are described and analyzed. Report compiled as …
World Friendship Group (ddr-csujad-29-22)
img World Friendship Group (ddr-csujad-29-22)
Photograph of Sakaye Shigekawa with the World Friendship Group. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2490_P16
Commemorating Seytsu Takahashi's 45 year anniversary as Archbishop of Shingon Buddhist Mission (ddr-csujad-29-15)
img Commemorating Seytsu Takahashi's 45 year anniversary as Archbishop of Shingon Buddhist Mission (ddr-csujad-29-15)
Postcard photo commemorating Seytsu Takahashi's 45 year anniversary as Archbishop of Shingon Buddhist Mission. Oral history interview transcript and audio are found in items: csufccop_jaoh_0027 and csufccop_jaoh_0029. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 1616_P01
An Oral History with Mitsuo Nitta (ddr-csujad-29-4)
doc An Oral History with Mitsuo Nitta (ddr-csujad-29-4)
Oral history with Nisei farmer/businessman from pioneering Orange County, California family gives prewar biographical information with emphasis on Japanese Americans in Orange County. Discusses World War II forced removal, experiences in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the role of the Japanese American Citizens League before and after World War II. This oral history was conducted …
Social gathering (ddr-densho-34-77)
img Social gathering (ddr-densho-34-77)
Social gathering outside the Buddhist Church on Fletcher's Bay. Left to right: Mrs. Tanigui, Mr. Torazo Nakao, Santhro Yoshida, Mrs. Yamashita, Mrs. Umeno Yoshida, Mrs. Tsue Nishimori, Mrs. Masa Omoto, Mrs. Harui, Mrs. Hayano Moritani, Mrs. Masaye Furukawa, Mrs. Koura, Mrs. Matsushita, Mrs. Ogawa, Mr. Hedematsu Furukawa, Rev. Ichikawa, Mr. Harui, Mrs. Suyematsu, Mr. Nishimori, Mrs. …
A group gathered behind a table (ddr-densho-353-314)
img A group gathered behind a table (ddr-densho-353-314)
The farewell banquet for the Rev. Yuzuru Yamaka at the Japanese Methodist Church.
Walter Matsuoka and a companion stand in profile (ddr-densho-390-57)
img Walter Matsuoka and a companion stand in profile (ddr-densho-390-57)
Walter and a companion, dressed in blue jeans, stand looking off camera and smiling.
Group of men in suits and military uniforms (ddr-densho-395-104)
img Group of men in suits and military uniforms (ddr-densho-395-104)
A group of men in suits and military uniforms pose below a sign with Japanese text. Seiso Bitow fourth from left, second row.
Group photograph at a banquet table (ddr-densho-395-96)
img Group photograph at a banquet table (ddr-densho-395-96)
A group of men, women, and children pose next to a banquet table lined with meals. Seiso Bitow is standing near the back, second from the left.
Bitow photograph album (ddr-densho-395-1)
doc Bitow photograph album (ddr-densho-395-1)
A collection of 111 photographs of community events and family portraits from the Bitow and Maeda families.
Attendees fill a banquet hall (ddr-densho-395-100)
img Attendees fill a banquet hall (ddr-densho-395-100)
Attendees crowd into a large room decorated with American and Japanese flags and lined with banquet tables. Accompanying materials indicate that the venue is "possibly Nippon Kan Theater" but is more likely Washington Hall.
Group of young men (ddr-densho-395-31)
img Group of young men (ddr-densho-395-31)
A large group of young men pose for a photograph outside of a building. An attached note indicates that Leonard Masahiko Bitow is in the photograph.
Group photograph (ddr-densho-395-32)
img Group photograph (ddr-densho-395-32)
A group of men, women, and children pose on a grassy lawn. Some of the men are wearing matching hats. Seiso Bitow in on the front row, eighth from the right.
Group photograph at a dinner (ddr-densho-395-33)
img Group photograph at a dinner (ddr-densho-395-33)
Men and women, with ribbons pinned to their lapels, stand behind banquet tables. Seiso Bitow is on the back row, second from the right.
Group of men outside the Japanese Cultural Community Center (ddr-densho-395-105)
img Group of men outside the Japanese Cultural Community Center (ddr-densho-395-105)
A group of men in suits pose for a photograph outside the Japanese Cultural Community Center of Washington. Seiso Bitow is standing on the second row, first from the right.
Group photograph on Grant and 5th (ddr-densho-395-60)
img Group photograph on Grant and 5th (ddr-densho-395-60)
Group photograph outside a church, possibly Spokane Methodist Church, on the corner of Grant Street and 5th Avenue. The group is primarily women in winter coats with ribbons pinned to their lapels. Seiso Bitow is possibly standing on the second row, second from the right.
Welcome party for the Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture (ddr-densho-395-97)
img Welcome party for the Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture (ddr-densho-395-97)
Members of the Seattle Hiroshima Club pose next to a banquet table at a welcome party for Mr. Ohara (Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture). Seiso and Kimiko Bitow are seated on the left side, fourth and fifth from the left.
Group photograph in front of an arch (ddr-densho-395-56)
img Group photograph in front of an arch (ddr-densho-395-56)
A group photograph, possibly at the Nippon Kan Theatre. Seiso Bitow is seated on the front row, third from the right.
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