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 (168)

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

168 items
A cooking class taught in the Fujin Home (ddr-densho-353-272)
img A cooking class taught in the Fujin Home (ddr-densho-353-272)
The Fujin Home was a women's home organized by the Japanese Baptist Church. It was used as a shelter and a classroom.
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).
Letter to Tsuyako
doc Letter to Tsuyako "Sox" Kitashima from Robert K. Bratt, Administrator of Redress (January 2, 1992) (ddr-janm-4-28)
Letter to Tsuyako "Sox" Kitashima from Robert K. Bratt, Administrator of Redress from the Office of Redress Administration (January 2, 1992).
Schedule for the Public Hearing by the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (August 13, 1981) (ddr-janm-4-32)
doc Schedule for the Public Hearing by the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (August 13, 1981) (ddr-janm-4-32)
Schedule for the Public Hearing in San Francisco, California by the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (August 13, 1981).
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