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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Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-152-7)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-152-7)
Attending Methodist church as a child in order to become more "Americanized"
Ryo Imamura Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-27-18)
vh Ryo Imamura Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-27-18)
Reconciling wartime killing by Buddhist 442nd Regimental Combat Team soldiers with Buddhism's doctrine of nonviolence
Ryo Imamura Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-27-3)
vh Ryo Imamura Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-27-3)
Issei values, community service and compassion: grandparents' ministry, caring for the children of Issei farm laborers
Ryo Imamura Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-27-9)
vh Ryo Imamura Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-27-9)
Some of the unique characteristics of Japanese American Buddhist churches
Ryo Imamura Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-27-4)
vh Ryo Imamura Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-27-4)
Contrasting role of prewar Buddhist churches with those of today
Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-84-8)
vh Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-84-8)
Early involvement in church and the YMCA

References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.

Mas Akiyama Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-188-6)
vh Mas Akiyama Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-188-6)
Methodist influence in Spokane, Washington, prewar

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.

Paul Nagano Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-65-13)
vh Paul Nagano Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-65-13)
Nisei join Christian churches in large numbers, seeking a support and social group postwar
Lillie McCabe (ddr-csujad-29-19)
img Lillie McCabe (ddr-csujad-29-19)
Photo of Lillie McCabe. Oral history audio and transcript are found in csufccop_jaoh_0030, csufccop_jaoh_0031, and csufccop_jaoh_0032. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 1949_P03
Heiji and Chiyoko Kurakawa (ddr-csujad-8-34)
doc Heiji and Chiyoko Kurakawa (ddr-csujad-8-34)
Oral history interview with Heiji and Chiyoko Kurakawa. 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 Kurakawa, Heiji and Chiyoko
Kazuyoshi Ky Matsuoka (ddr-csujad-8-39)
doc Kazuyoshi Ky Matsuoka (ddr-csujad-8-39)
Oral history interview with Kazuyoshi Ky Matsuoka. 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 Matsuoka, Kazuyoshi Ky
Yoshie Domoto (ddr-csujad-8-10)
doc Yoshie Domoto (ddr-csujad-8-10)
Oral history interview with Yoshie Domoto. 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 Domoto, Yoshie
Kazuye Matsunaga (ddr-csujad-8-38)
doc Kazuye Matsunaga (ddr-csujad-8-38)
Oral history interview with Kazuye [Kazue] Matsunaga. 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 Matsunaga, Kazuye
An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II (ddr-csujad-29-60)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II (ddr-csujad-29-60)
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, ...
Mission San Jose de Guadalupe (ddr-csujad-11-119)
img Mission San Jose de Guadalupe (ddr-csujad-11-119)
Photographed are three people visiting the Mission San Jose de Guadalupe located in Fremont, California. The woman on the far right appears to be Tazu Kawamoto. 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_002
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