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.

Religion and churches (228)

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Ryo Imamura Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-27-10)
vh Ryo Imamura Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-27-10)
Similarities and differences between Jodo Shinshu Buddhism and Judeo-Christianity; Japanese American Buddhists' values: understated, anonymous service
Ryo Imamura Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-27-13)
vh Ryo Imamura Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-27-13)
The emergence of two distinct groups within the Buddhist church: traditional and progressive
Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-168-23)
vh Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-168-23)
Discussion about the Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church in Seattle
Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-112-31)
vh Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-112-31)
The Seattle Buddhist Temple becomes Betsuin in 1954 (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 50, No. 13 (March 25, 1960) (ddr-pc-32-13)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 50, No. 13 (March 25, 1960) (ddr-pc-32-13)
Select article titles: "Ike's immigration bill hailed as 'step in right direction'" (p. 1); "JACL Accepts Invitation for White House Conference on Youth" (p.1); "Son of Shinto priest becomes convert of Judaism after lifetime study of Old Testament, assisted Jewish refugees flee Nazi terror" (p.3); "Yoshino, Masaoka named delegates to civil liberties meet" (p.8)
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, Vol. 15 (April 10, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-15)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, Vol. 15 (April 10, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-15)
Selected article titles: "Lawyers' Views on Internment Draw Protest" (p.1), "Carnegie Endows $100,000 for Japanese History Project" (p.1-2), "D.C. JACL Supports Reappointment of Incumbents on human relations group" (p.1), "Civil Rights Quorum Problem" (p.2), "Cal. FEPC Orders Landlord to Rent to Negroes" (p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 11 (September 11, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-37)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 11 (September 11, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-37)
Selected article titles: "Ministers against Prop. 14 Revealed" (p.1, 4), "Masaoka Urges House Group to Eliminate Immigration Bias" (p.1-2), "Bipartisan Support for Spark Planned" (p.1, 4), "Matsunaga Lauds JFK Peace Program" (p.3).
Fresno West Side (ddr-csujad-8-13)
doc Fresno West Side (ddr-csujad-8-13)
Oral history interview with Mr. Nori Masuda, Mrs. Masako Inada, Mrs. Fumi Nakajima, and Mrs. Setsu Hirasuna. 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 Fresno West Side
Mission San Jose de Guadalupe (ddr-csujad-11-118)
img Mission San Jose de Guadalupe (ddr-csujad-11-118)
Photographed are three people visiting the Mission San Jose de Guadalupe located in Fremont, California. From page 44 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_44_001
Baby at shrine (ddr-densho-359-853)
img Baby at shrine (ddr-densho-359-853)
The caption in the album is written in Japanese.
An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-60-1)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-60-1)
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, ...
Outline of University of California study of evacuation and resettlement (ddr-csujad-26-2)
doc Outline of University of California study of evacuation and resettlement (ddr-csujad-26-2)
Outline for an academic social science study, the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS), led by the University of California of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Outline highlights area of administrative, social, political and personal areas to be studied by a team of researchers encamped with incarcerees. See this object in ...
Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-262)
img Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-262)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "St. Marks Church in Hood River, showing [Masuo Yasui], several Issei men, a Caucasian minister, and remarkably, a Japanese minister not Isaac Inouye. St. Marks was either a Catholic or Episcopalian church--or maybe it was a Lutheran church. In any event, the two clerics are wearing their collars backwards, as Catholic and ...
Seattle Buddhist Church picnic (ddr-densho-38-24)
img Seattle Buddhist Church picnic (ddr-densho-38-24)
Reverend Ishikawa playing a game at this picnic, which was held at Lincoln Park. (Identification on front of the photograph.)
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 94 (November 25, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-256)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 94 (November 25, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-256)
"One Out of Every Three Doesn't Believe in God, Japanese University Student Poll Discloses" (p. 1), "New U.S. Law Affects Issei" (p. 1), "Tacoma Buddhists to Note 30th Year of Their Church" (p. 1), "Walter Bill, Hawaii Statehood Head ADC Agenda; Congress Meets Monday" (p. 2).
Postcard send to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-20)
doc Postcard send to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-20)
Correspondence from Rev. K. Iijima updating Kinuta Uno on his family.
Buddhist ministers at Sante Fe internment camp (ddr-densho-310-1)
img Buddhist ministers at Sante Fe internment camp (ddr-densho-310-1)
A group photograph of the Buddhist ministers interned at Sante Fe internment camp. Etsuko Osaki's father, Tatsuya Ichikawa, is in the second row, third from the left. Ichikawa was picked up by the FBI in April 1942. He remained separated from his family for two years before they reunited in Crystal City internment camp.
Buddist Church Garden (ddr-jamsj-1-1)
img Buddist Church Garden (ddr-jamsj-1-1)
The Association helped landscape the Buddist Church in 1958
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