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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Man in front of totem pole and Russian Church (ddr-densho-383-321)
img Man in front of totem pole and Russian Church (ddr-densho-383-321)
Written on album page below photograph: "Photographer Fred Uyeminami, Hunter's Bay AAA '30".
Totem pole and Russian Church (ddr-densho-383-248)
img Totem pole and Russian Church (ddr-densho-383-248)
Written on album page below photograph: "A Russian Church. Hunter's Bay, Alaska, 1930".
Community church at a crossroad (ddr-densho-404-346)
img Community church at a crossroad (ddr-densho-404-346)
A community church located at the intersection of two dirt roads.
Community church at a crossroad (ddr-densho-404-188)
img Community church at a crossroad (ddr-densho-404-188)
A community church located at the intersection of two dirt roads. Written on photograph: community church.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 24 (December 4, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-49)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 24 (December 4, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-49)
Selected article titles: "'Under God' Pledge Test Wins in Court" (p.1-2), "Prop. 14 Roadblock against Urban Renewal Projects in California Partly Removed" (p.1), "Freedom Worker Marilyn" (p.1-2), "Johnson's 'Great Society'" (p.2), "$7-Million Playland Projected by Nisei" (p.3), "Urge Formation of Youth Council in Pacific N.W." (p.4).
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).
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. 10 (September 4, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-36)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 10 (September 4, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-36)
Selected article titles: "BCA Ministers Stand Firm on 'No' Vote on 14" (p.1), "I&NS Records Show 42,980 Issei Citizens" (p.1), "In Not-too-Distant Future Dan May Be U.S. 'Veep' Candidate" (p.1), "Chicago JACL Offers Adult Nihongo Class" (p.4), "Yen Deposit Claims Attorney Visits D.C." (p.4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 61, No. 11 (September 10, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-37)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 61, No. 11 (September 10, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-37)
Selected article titles: "EDC-MDC Convention Smoothest Ever" (p.1-2), "Spirit of Ecumenism in Little Tokio" (p.1), "Senate Immigration Bill" (p.2), "Face the Facts; It's Dramatic License" (p.4).
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)
Card from the American Friends Service Committee (ddr-manz-4-14)
doc Card from the American Friends Service Committee (ddr-manz-4-14)
Caption: "With the good wishes of the / American Friends Service Committee / (Quakers) / 20 South 12th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."
Gateway to Shinagawa Shrine (ddr-densho-299-219)
img Gateway to Shinagawa Shrine (ddr-densho-299-219)
Caption: "Torii or gateway to Shinagawa Shrine. Completed 1636 after 12 years of labor by 15,000 men"
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 5 (February 6, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-5)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 5 (February 6, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-5)
Selected article titles: "Redress Co-Sponsor Sala Burton Dies at 61" (pp. 1, 3), "'Altar of Peace' a Labor of Love for JA Woodworker" (pp. 1-2), "Broadcaster's Remarks Sparked Controversy: Philadelphia's Blacks, Asians Start Dialogue" (p. 2), and "INS Official Explains Details of New Immigration Rules" (p. 10).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 13 (September 26,1969) (ddr-pc-41-39)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 13 (September 26,1969) (ddr-pc-41-39)
Select article titles: "Future of Japanese Ethnic churches in L.A. studied" (p. 1); "Seattle Issei Complain Lack of Police Action(p.1); "40,000 witness Japan week's civic parade" (p. 3); "Concentration Camp" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 15 (April 21, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-15)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 15 (April 21, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-15)
Selected article titles: "Invitation to Foreign Minister Protested" (p.1), "Melting-Pot Theory Subtle Form of Bias, Methodist Bishops Told" (p.1), "'Computerized Buddhism' Ambitious Goal of N.Y. Institute on Religions" (p.3), "NBC Schoked by 55 Hate Calls in Ten Minutes" (p.6).
Etsuko Ichikawa Osaki Interview Segment 2 (ddr-one-7-56-2)
vh Etsuko Ichikawa Osaki Interview Segment 2 (ddr-one-7-56-2)
Growing up as the daughter of a prominent Buddhist minister

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of …

Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 7 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-7)
vh Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 7 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-7)
Attending Buddhist church as a child

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 7 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-7)
vh Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 7 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-7)
Prewar activities: YMCA and church groups

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

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, …
An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-59-1)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-59-1)
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, …
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