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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

289 items
John Kubota (ddr-csujad-8-31)
doc John Kubota (ddr-csujad-8-31)
Oral history interview with John Kubota. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Kubota, John
Edwin (Ed) Sasaki oral history interview (ddr-csujad-9-1)
av Edwin (Ed) Sasaki oral history interview (ddr-csujad-9-1)
Oral history interview of Edwin (Ed) Sasaki, a professor of the Psychology Department, conducted by the Public History Institute at California State University, Bakersfield. Professor Sasaki was born in Sacramento, California, in November 1940 and grew up in Weiser, Idaho. He recollects his family's experiences during the World War II, being arrested as a suspect and …
Bishop Matsukage (ddr-csujad-11-26)
img Bishop Matsukage (ddr-csujad-11-26)
This photograph depicts Bishop Matsukage dressed in traditional clothing along with a procession on Buddhist Day on Treasure Island near San Francisco. From page 13 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_13_001
Bishop Ryotei Matsukage (ddr-csujad-11-24)
img Bishop Ryotei Matsukage (ddr-csujad-11-24)
A photograph of men dressed in suits sit together on the grass. Includes Bishop Ryotei Matsukage. From page 12 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_12_001
Funny (ddr-csujad-11-45)
img Funny (ddr-csujad-11-45)
The captions read "Funny" and "N.A.Y.B.A. [North America Youth Basketball Association?] Prep Committee Outing." The outing took place on Treasure Island. From page 18 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_18_004
Bay District (ddr-csujad-11-23)
img Bay District (ddr-csujad-11-23)
This photograph documents an event. The caption under the photograph reads, "Bay District," probably of California Young Buddhist League. From page 11 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_11_002
Negative (ddr-csujad-11-44)
img Negative (ddr-csujad-11-44)
The captions read "Negative" and "N.A.Y.B.A. [North America Youth Basketball Association?] Prep Committee Outing." The outing took place on Treasure Island. From page 18 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_18_003
Feasting (ddr-csujad-11-47)
img Feasting (ddr-csujad-11-47)
The captions read "Feasting" and "N.A.Y.B.A. [North America Youth Basketball Association?] Prep Committee Outing." The outing took place on Treasure Island. From page 18 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_18_006
Relax (ddr-csujad-11-46)
img Relax (ddr-csujad-11-46)
The captions read "Relax"and N.A.Y.B.A. [North America Youth Basketball Association?] Prep Committee Outing." The outing took place on Treasure Island. From page 18 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_18_005
More? (ddr-csujad-11-43)
img More? (ddr-csujad-11-43)
The captions read, "More?' and "N.A.Y.B.A. [North America Youth Basketball Association?] Prep Committee Outing." The outing took place on Treasure Island. From page 18 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_18_002
Poston Community Enterprises remodling [remodeling] sale (ddr-csujad-16-1)
doc Poston Community Enterprises remodling [remodeling] sale (ddr-csujad-16-1)
Announcement for a "penny sale" held by the manager of Camp 1 Store 3, stating that Community Enterprises is soliciting people's patronage; includes a list of merchandise that customers' extra pennies would buy. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: JAIC_01-14_01
College summer service in a relocation center (ddr-csujad-18-5)
doc College summer service in a relocation center (ddr-csujad-18-5)
Call for college students to meet a "desperate need" by serving as group work leaders supporting community activities, arts and recreation, church vacation Bible schools, and boys and girls clubs in either the Gila River or Manzanar Incarceration Camp; flier states that such service would provide the students with the opportunity to "serve significantly in these …
Suggestions for resolutions about evacuees of Japanese ancestry (ddr-csujad-18-4)
doc Suggestions for resolutions about evacuees of Japanese ancestry (ddr-csujad-18-4)
Presents arguments and supporting "data" to assert that the claim that "America is a white man's country" is "un-American"; that the Government must make a greater effort to supply housing and financial aid for people who are resettling; that those opposing resettlement are "making a mockery of our war aim to ensure justice and freedom"; and …
Gentlemen's clubs (ddr-csujad-25-296)
img Gentlemen's clubs (ddr-csujad-25-296)
A page from a photo album including Japanese family photographs. Pasted on the page are four photographs of groups of men. The groups appear to be gentlemens' clubs. Inscription on one of the photographs reads: "g.o.c banquet." Another photograph depicts members of the "Cosmopolitan Club," including Japanese men. Also includes a photograph of a group of …
University of California, evacuation and settlement study: case history I (ddr-csujad-26-26)
doc University of California, evacuation and settlement study: case history I (ddr-csujad-26-26)
Correspondence regarding a profile of incarceree Harry Osaka written by Robert Spencer. The profile was taken during a trip to Fresno for Harry's mother's funeral with Spencer as the escort and includes Harry's life and family story, farm business before incarceration, religious practices, holiday practices, description of funeral. Profile included as part of the Japanese American …
Structural report, disorganization and reorganization, IV: social reorganization in Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-26-21)
doc Structural report, disorganization and reorganization, IV: social reorganization in Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-26-21)
Manuscript evaluating potential behavior patterns and social organization among incarcerees at Tule Lake including leadership roles, planning boards, efforts to curb juvenile delinquency and "Nisei apathy." Report compiled as a portion of the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_02_28_001
Memorandum to Mr. E.R. Smith, Project Director from Morton J. Gaba, re: Community Activities Section report, July 21-August 21, 1942 (ddr-csujad-26-29)
doc Memorandum to Mr. E.R. Smith, Project Director from Morton J. Gaba, re: Community Activities Section report, July 21-August 21, 1942 (ddr-csujad-26-29)
Memo to camp director of the development of the Community Activities Section regarding the selection and development of staff; designing, building, and equipping of recreation halls and play fields; and the planning and initial development of program. Includes a list of activities with attendance counts. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Religious life in the Gila community (ddr-csujad-26-30)
doc Religious life in the Gila community (ddr-csujad-26-30)
Observations and descriptions of Buddhist, Christian, and Shinto practices by incarcerees including the establishment of Buddhist Church, funeral arrangements and ceremony, Bon festival, and events taking place in and around the churches established at Gila River. Compiled as a portion of the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS). See this object in the California State …
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 …
An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II (ddr-csujad-29-60)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II (ddr-csujad-29-60)
An oral history with Sumiye Takeno, a current resident of Denver, Colorado. This interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Takeno's incarceration and resettlement experience during World War II. Specifically, the interview covers her childhood in Florin, California, …
Japanese American organization (ddr-densho-26-163)
img Japanese American organization (ddr-densho-26-163)
Photograph taken by James M. Amano, 3208 35th Ave So., Seattle, Washington
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 5 (August 1, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-30)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 5 (August 1, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-30)
Selected article titles: "Case for Aleut Redress Presented" (pp. 1, 8), "JCCCNC Officially Opens Doors" (p. 1), "Nisei Week Events Scheduled" (p. 2), and "House Passes 'Jpn' Resolution" (p. 3).
Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Balloon Darts (ddr-one-1-90)
img Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Balloon Darts (ddr-one-1-90)
Black and white photographic negative of an indoor carnival fundraiser possibly hosted by the Sorelles or Adelphons (Japanese American young women's groups). Group of men watch an unidentified Issei throw a dart. Identified on the far left hand side is Walt Asakawa, sitting behind the dart thrower is Mr. Murahashi, standing on the far right wearing …
Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Bingo (ddr-one-1-87)
img Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Bingo (ddr-one-1-87)
Black and white photographic negative of an indoor carnival fundraiser possibly hosted by the Sorelles or Adelphons (Japanese American young women's groups). People sitting and playing bingo, watchers stand behind. Sitting left to right: Henry "Wimpy" Kawata, George Kasahara, Terry Mishiro, Diane (Ando) Harder, Minoru "Bob" Ando, unidentified woman, Betty (Hiuga) Nishimura, Tomo Saito, Fumi (Nunotani) …
Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Penny pitch (ddr-one-1-89)
img Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Penny pitch (ddr-one-1-89)
Black and white photographic negative of an indoor carnival fundraiser possibly hosted by the Sorelles or Adelphons (Japanese American young women's groups). Young men pitching pennies. Left to right: Ko Hirata, Thomas "Tom" Fujita, Ko Tambara, Frank Furukawa Jr.
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