Religion and churches

Religion and churches played an important role in the formation and development of West Coast Japanese American communities. While Buddhism is frequently seen as most prominent, Christianity was also influential. Initially focused on helping new male immigrants adjust to life in the United States, churches soon began catering to increasing numbers of families. By the mid-1930s, Japanese Americans' religious affiliations were split fairly evenly between Christianity and Buddhism.

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Paul Nagano Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-65-4)
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Japanese churches: blending of Japanese traditions with Christian worship and church life
Paul Nagano Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-65-12)
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Re-establishing Japanese Christian churches on West Coast during the postwar resettlement period
Paul Nagano Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-65-5)
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Baptist churches offer assistance to Japanese during wartime mass removal
Paul Nagano Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-65-13)
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Nisei join Christian churches in large numbers, seeking a support and social group postwar
Paul Nagano Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-65-3)
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Family's religious background and joining a Japanese Baptist church as a young boy
Paul Nagano Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-65-2)
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Formation and growth of prewar Japanese Christian churches
Paul Nagano Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-65-1)
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Issei immigrants embrace Christianity as part of effort to assimilate into dominant culture
Paul Nagano Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-65-14)
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Role of the Berkeley Buddhist Temple in providing housing and serving the community during the postwar resettlement period
George Yamada Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-187-11)
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The role of Christianity in the prewar Spokane community

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Victor Ikeda Interview Segment 16 (ddr-manz-1-23-16)
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The role of the churches in Seattle's Japanese American community