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Student clubs

At West Coast universities before World War II, Japanese clubs were formed for students from Japan and Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) who were reaching college age. Because it was understood that people of Japanese ancestry would not be accepted at white fraternities, the solution was to form segregated clubs.

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Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-76-21)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-76-21)
Activities of the University Students Club

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Frank Miyamoto Interview II Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-51-13)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview II Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-51-13)
Attending the University of Washington and joining the Japanese Students Club
National Intercollegiate Bowling Championship team (ddr-densho-26-254)
img National Intercollegiate Bowling Championship team (ddr-densho-26-254)
The University of Washington bowling team won the Intercollegiate Bowling Championship in 1956.
Stanford Japanese Student Club (ddr-csujad-55-1318)
img Stanford Japanese Student Club (ddr-csujad-55-1318)
Black and white photograph depicting the Japanese Student Club at Stanford University. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1320
Momoyo Jane Kubota (ddr-csujad-8-32)
doc Momoyo Jane Kubota (ddr-csujad-8-32)
Oral history interview with Momoyo Jane 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, Momoyo Jane
Helen Hasegawa (ddr-csujad-8-17)
doc Helen Hasegawa (ddr-csujad-8-17)
Oral history interview with Helen Hasegawa. 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 Hasegawa, Helen
Kazuyoshi Ky Matsuoka (ddr-csujad-8-39)
doc Kazuyoshi Ky Matsuoka (ddr-csujad-8-39)
Oral history interview with Kazuyoshi Ky Matsuoka. 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 Matsuoka, Kazuyoshi Ky
Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, May 18, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-106)
doc Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, May 18, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-106)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of the Japanese Student Club and whether the JACL should serve as a sponsor, the county fair, plans for a barbecue, and publicity for the oratorical contest. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0105
Tule Lake scrapbook (ddr-csujad-26-53)
img Tule Lake scrapbook (ddr-csujad-26-53)
Scrapbook created in Tule Lake camp by Japanese American students. Contents include drawings, art, holiday greeting cards prints, poetry and signatures of student groups. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_03_20_001
Chapter 11 personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-36)
doc Chapter 11 personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-36)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topic including a fundraising carnival, yearbooks, class subjects and discussions, sports, homework, books, and teachers. Each entry includes the full date and student name. The entries were collected as part of a class assignment and used for the Japanese American …
Valeda freshmen installation ceremony (ddr-densho-45-4)
img Valeda freshmen installation ceremony (ddr-densho-45-4)
In fall 1947, women of Japanese ancestry started a new student group called Valeda ("wise women" in Greek). Like the Fuyokai, Valeda supported Japanese American women students and encouraged them to join other organizations on campus. Valeda participated in numerous projects on campus and in the community until it disbanded in 1965. Left to right: Setsuko …
Fuyokai members in front of four columns (ddr-densho-45-3)
img Fuyokai members in front of four columns (ddr-densho-45-3)
In 1925, twelve women formed the Fuyokai, which is Japanese for "Hibiscus Club." Their goal was to support Japanese American students and develop an understanding of "the highest ideals of Japan and America."
Japanese Students Club (ddr-densho-45-1)
img Japanese Students Club (ddr-densho-45-1)
Members of the Japanese Students Club pose in front of the clubhouse fireplace. The Japanese Students Club (JSC) was the precursor of the current UW Nikkei Alumni Association at the University of Washington. The JSC was started in the early 1920s. Japanese Americans were excluded from the Greek-system fraternities because of their Japanese ancestry. In response …
Members of SYNKOA in front of the Japanese Students Club clubhouse (ddr-densho-45-2)
img Members of SYNKOA in front of the Japanese Students Club clubhouse (ddr-densho-45-2)
After World War II, the Japanese Students Club became known as SYNKOA to honor members who had died during the war. The first letters of the following members' last names make up the acronym: George T. Sawada, Frank M. Shigemura, George Yamaguchi, Hideo H. Yasui, Shigeo Yoshioka, William K. Nakamura, Ben Ninomiya, Jiro Kanetomi, Yoshio Kato, …
Group of students on lawn at University of Washington (ddr-densho-383-214)
img Group of students on lawn at University of Washington (ddr-densho-383-214)
Members of the Japanese Students Club and Fuyo Kai. Written on album page below photograph: "C[larence] Uyematsu, Terada, Okubo, Nobu Yanagimachi, Billie Tashiro, Yurino Takayoshi, Yuki Watanabe." The man identified as Okubo (back row, right) may be George Otsubo.
Bain Chiba on University of Washington campus (ddr-densho-383-257)
img Bain Chiba on University of Washington campus (ddr-densho-383-257)
Bain Chiba was a University of Washington graduate in 1937. He was a pharmacy student and a member of the Japanese Students Club during his time at the University of Washington. Written on album page below photograph: "Another Druggist, Bain Chiba".
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