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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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. 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. 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. 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).
Joseph Norio Uemura Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1014-3-13)
vh Joseph Norio Uemura Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1014-3-13)
Father's reaching out to an African American church group; witnessing their services
Joseph Norio Uemura Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1014-3-6)
vh Joseph Norio Uemura Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1014-3-6)
Father's work as a pastor in Spokane, Washington, and Portland, Oregon
Gordon Hirabayashi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1012-2-2)
vh Gordon Hirabayashi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1012-2-2)
Parents' religious background: the "non-church" movement (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

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 ...

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, ...
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.

Victor Ikeda Interview Segment 16 (ddr-manz-1-23-16)
vh Victor Ikeda Interview Segment 16 (ddr-manz-1-23-16)
The role of the churches in Seattle's Japanese American community
Mii Tai Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-186-7)
vh Mii Tai Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-186-7)
Involvement in the Methodist church while growing up

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.

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