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
Japanese Students Club members (ddr-densho-134-18)
img Japanese Students Club members (ddr-densho-134-18)
Members of the Lincoln High School Japanese Students Club posing for a photo. The club held Japanese dances, tea ceremonies, and other activities. Back row (L to R): Kambe, Uchida, Abe, Kanno, Yamada, Tanaka, Fukano. Middle row (L to R): Sasaki, E. Ota, A. Ota, Hayashi, Kumasaka, Shio, Kambe. Front row (L to R): Sasaki, Suzuki, …
Girls of the Japanese Students Club (ddr-densho-134-19)
img Girls of the Japanese Students Club (ddr-densho-134-19)
Female members of the Lincoln High School Japanese Students Club posing for a photo. The club held Japanese dances, tea ceremonies, and other activities. Back row (L to R): Mariko Kumasaka, Michiko Nakawatase, Esther Kambe, Satoko Abe, Alice Ota, Ella Ota, Margaret Akiyama, Cherry Tanaka. Front row (L to R): Jane Akiyama, Yuri Hayashi, Yoshino Kano, …
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, …
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.
img "Japan-America students society" (ddr-densho-259-297)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Posed group photo of what I will guess was a college group. This is a mixed group of young adult Caucasians and Nisei, both men and women. Since Frances Maeda is holding the Japanese Hino maru, and the American flag crosses it, I think that this may have been a Japan-America students …
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 53 (July 2, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-220)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 53 (July 2, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-220)
"Poetess Depicts Mass Evacuation of B.C. Japanese" (p. 1), "Otoshi Describes Experiences at Evergreen Boys' State" (p. 1).
Women's Weekend Chairmen (ddr-densho-287-88)
img Women's Weekend Chairmen (ddr-densho-287-88)
Photograph of the Women's Weekend chairwomen standing on the steps of a building. Second from the right is Molly (Kageyama) Maeda.
Gidra, Vol. I, No. 3 (June 1969) (ddr-densho-297-3)
doc Gidra, Vol. I, No. 3 (June 1969) (ddr-densho-297-3)
Selected article titlese: "The Persecution Rests" (p. 1), "CS, It's a Gas!" (p. 1), "Reflections in a Slanted Eye" (p. 2), "Grapes Are Coming!" (p. 4).
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
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