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 (242)

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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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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).
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).
Bulletin of the First Congregational Church, 1943 June 20 (ddr-csujad-20-26)
doc Bulletin of the First Congregational Church, 1943 June 20 (ddr-csujad-20-26)
Bulletin of the First Congregational Church announcing a forthcoming address entitled "When Japan Attacks". See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WLM_01-47_01
Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-103)
img Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-103)
A temple of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints located on the northeast shore of O'ahu. Pat Kuroda attended the 442nd Regimental Combat Team 10th Anniversary Reunion in Hawaii from July 27th to July 31st, 1953.
View of pools from temple (ddr-densho-363-101)
img View of pools from temple (ddr-densho-363-101)
A temple of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints located on the northeast shore of O'ahu. Pat Kuroda attended the 442nd Regimental Combat Team 10th Anniversary Reunion in Hawaii from July 27th to July 31st, 1953.
Nisei woman at Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-102)
img Nisei woman at Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-102)
A temple of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints located on the northeast shore of O'ahu. Pat Kuroda attended the 442nd Regimental Combat Team 10th Anniversary Reunion in Hawaii from July 27th to July 31st, 1953.
Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-100)
img Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-100)
A temple of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints located on the northeast shore of O'ahu. Pat Kuroda attended the 442nd Regimental Combat Team 10th Anniversary Reunion in Hawaii from July 27th to July 31st, 1953.
Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-284)
img Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-284)
A temple of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints located on the northeast shore of O'ahu. Pat Kuroda attended the 442nd Regimental Combat Team 10th Anniversary Reunion in Hawaii from July 27th to July 31st, 1953.
Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-123)
img Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-123)
A temple of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints located on the northeast shore of O'ahu. Pat Kuroda attended the 442nd Regimental Combat Team 10th Anniversary Reunion in Hawaii from July 27th to July 31st, 1953.
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 …

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
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