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.

Associations and organizations (158)

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

158 items
Fumiko Uyeda Groves Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-10-13)
vh Fumiko Uyeda Groves Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-10-13)
Father's involvement in the Nikkeijinkai: hosting visiting seamen before the war
Frank Kitamoto Segment 37 (ddr-densho-1000-35-37)
vh Frank Kitamoto Segment 37 (ddr-densho-1000-35-37)
Activities of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC)
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 74 (ddr-densho-1000-12-74)
vh Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 74 (ddr-densho-1000-12-74)
Involvement in community activities, winning the Community Bridge Builder Award in Bellevue
img "Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church" (ddr-densho-259-336)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church. Most probably members of Nipponjin Kai."
img "Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church" (ddr-densho-259-338)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church. Most probably members of Nipponjin Kai."
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 ...
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."
Berry Association Committee building (ddr-densho-34-64)
img Berry Association Committee building (ddr-densho-34-64)
Mr. Geo T. Masukawa and his dog in front of the building where the Berry Association Committee met. The berry cannery would later occupy this site.
YWCA conference attendees (ddr-densho-111-11)
img YWCA conference attendees (ddr-densho-111-11)
These young women were temporarily released from Tule Lake concentration camp to attend the YWCA conference.
Nikkeijinkai meeting (ddr-densho-113-41)
img Nikkeijinkai meeting (ddr-densho-113-41)
A meeting of the Seattle Japanese American Association, also known as Nikkeijinkai.
Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-95)
img Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-95)
The Lotus group was an association of young members of Seattle's Buddhist Church. This photo was taken after a Lotus performance at Nippon Kan Theatre.
Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-133)
img Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-133)
The Lotus group was an association of young members of Seattle's Buddhist Church. This photo was taken after a Lotus performance at Nippon Kan Theatre.
Lotus group performance (ddr-densho-128-28)
img Lotus group performance (ddr-densho-128-28)
This program took place at the Nippon Kan Theater in Seattle's Nihonmachi area. The Lotus group was affiliated with the Seattle Buddhist Church.
Lotus group performance (ddr-densho-128-29)
img Lotus group performance (ddr-densho-128-29)
This program took place at the Nippon Kan Theater in Seattle's Nihonmachi area. The Lotus group was affiliated with the Seattle Buddhist Church.
Green Lake Young People's Club (ddr-densho-130-4)
img Green Lake Young People's Club (ddr-densho-130-4)
Members of the Green Lake Seinenkai (young people's club), a social club primarily for Nisei in their teens and twenties. This club organized athletic, cultural, and social activities such as formal dances (pictured here). (L to R): Tak Nakawatase, Shuichi Abe, Toshiko Fukano, Naoshi Kumagai, Minnie Ota, Kiyoshi Tada, May Kumasaka, Nobi Yamada, Ko Suzuki ...
Postcard (ddr-densho-325-62)
doc Postcard (ddr-densho-325-62)
The stamp on the card reads "Japanese Association of Isleton - Isleton, Cal."
Program for a Day of Remembrance event (February 18, 1989) (ddr-janm-4-23)
doc Program for a Day of Remembrance event (February 18, 1989) (ddr-janm-4-23)
Day of Remembrance- Reflecting on our Past/Shaping the Future event program sponsored by the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (February 18, 1989).
Poster informing the public about a Redress workshop (ddr-janm-4-13)
doc Poster informing the public about a Redress workshop (ddr-janm-4-13)
Poster informing the public about a Redress workshop taking place in San Francisco, California (February 14, 1992).
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