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Associations and organizations

The Issei (Japanese immigrants) established cultural, business, and religious organizations that supported ethnic enclaves. This early form of networking served more than social and economic interests -- it became a substitute for the extended-family and village systems left behind in Japan. Christian and Buddhist neighborhood churches, Japanese language schools, and sports leagues allowed the Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) to participate in organized social activities as well as form peer networks.

Community activities (832)
Associations and organizations (289)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Japanese associations, Manzanar Committee, National Coalition for Redress/Reparations, National Council for Japanese American Redress

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Red Cross promotion with a Japanese girl and a white girl holding flags (ddr-densho-259-277)
img Red Cross promotion with a Japanese girl and a white girl holding flags (ddr-densho-259-277)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Two girls sitting on a packing crate. The Caucasian girl is holding a Japanese doll and 2 American flags; the Japanese girl is holding a package and 2 Japanese flags. I don't know what this Red Cross promotion represents. The picture appears to be too recent to be a publicity shot of …
Issei gathered for memorial service (ddr-densho-259-364)
img Issei gathered for memorial service (ddr-densho-259-364)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of mostly adult Issei men and women in formal dress in a small meeting hall. I believe that this was the Knights of Pythias Hall which the early Issei pioneers rented for their events. [In this picture,] the Issei remembered their comrades who had earlier died in Hood River...A friend …
img "Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church" (ddr-densho-259-337)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church. Most probably members of Nipponjin Kai."
Issei men in front of Buddhist church (ddr-densho-259-332)
img Issei men in front of Buddhist church (ddr-densho-259-332)
A group of Issei men posed in front of a Buddhist temple in Portland, possibly members of the Nipponjin Kai Japanese Association.
Officers of Portland Japanese Association (ddr-densho-259-331)
img Officers of Portland Japanese Association (ddr-densho-259-331)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Formal group photograph of 14 Issei men, all very well dressed in western suits. These may have been the officers of the Portland Japanese Association."
Nipponjin Kai members (ddr-densho-259-333)
img Nipponjin Kai members (ddr-densho-259-333)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of 39-40 well dressed Issei men standing on a lawn from the appearance of the men, I will guess that these were Nipponjin Kai members."
Board of Directors of the Apple Growers Association (ddr-densho-259-29)
img Board of Directors of the Apple Growers Association (ddr-densho-259-29)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "I don't recognize any of the 14 Caucasian men in this group picture with [Masuo Yasui], but I suspect that they were the Board of Directors of the Apple Growers Association."
img "Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church" (ddr-densho-259-335)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church. Most probably members of Nipponjin Kai."
img "The graduation exercise of the Americanization School sponsored by Japanese Ancestral Society" (ddr-densho-259-394)
Front of photograph: "The graduation exercise of the Americanization School sponsored by Japanese Ancestral Society Portland, Oreg. May 28, 1953." Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group portrait of the Issei in the Portland area who graduated from the Americanization school, in preparation for taking their citizenship examinations."
Hood River Japanese Farmers Association (ddr-densho-259-363)
img Hood River Japanese Farmers Association (ddr-densho-259-363)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A large group of Issei men and women, some with their children, and all formally dressed, in front of a stone church. This was the Riverside Church, which is a Congregational church, and it still stands in Hood River. I think that this has a connection with a memorial service which the …
Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-259-365)
img Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-259-365)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "I think that this gathering took place in front of what was then called the Centenary Wilbur Methodist Church, in Portland I suspect that this was a YPCC--Young People's Christian Conference--because many of the Nisei are wearing identification badges."
Issei men in front of Buddhist church (ddr-densho-259-330)
img Issei men in front of Buddhist church (ddr-densho-259-330)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "39-40 Issei men sitting in chairs in front of what surely must have been a Buddhist church in Portland. The swastika on the door indicates that this was a Buddhist temple. I suspect that these men were members of the Nipponjin Kai--sometimes called the Nihonjin Kai--Japanese Association."
Nisei baseball players (ddr-densho-259-539)
img Nisei baseball players (ddr-densho-259-539)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Ches [Tsuyoshi Yasui] in baseball shin guards, with other presumed baseball players. This may well have been part of the Nisei Athletic Club baseball team."
Banquet (ddr-densho-411-5)
img Banquet (ddr-densho-411-5)
Photograph of a group attending a banquet. Imprinted on the photograph is "Banquet given Dr. R. Honda to honor his assignment of the Degree of Igaku-Hakushi from the Tokio Imperial University by the Southern California Japanese Med. Sch." Rikita Honda is standing at the head of the table.
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