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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Ryo Imamura Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-27-6)
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Role of early Buddhist ministers as community leaders, advocating social justice
Ryo Imamura Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-27-2)
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Parents' backgrounds, a family history revolving around the Buddhist ministry
Ryo Imamura Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-27-11)
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Evolution and adaptation within the Japanese American Buddhist Church: the challenge of introducing new ideas and practices into existing traditions and rituals
Ryo Imamura Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-27-7)
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Philosophy and ideology of Jodo Shinshu Buddhist sect, "...[T]o see others as enlightened"
Paul Nagano Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-65-4)
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Japanese churches: blending of Japanese traditions with Christian worship and church life
Paul Nagano Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-65-12)
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Re-establishing Japanese Christian churches on West Coast during the postwar resettlement period
Paul Nagano Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-65-5)
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Baptist churches offer assistance to Japanese during wartime mass removal
Paul Nagano Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-65-13)
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Nisei join Christian churches in large numbers, seeking a support and social group postwar
Paul Nagano Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-65-3)
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Family's religious background and joining a Japanese Baptist church as a young boy
Paul Nagano Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-65-2)
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Formation and growth of prewar Japanese Christian churches
Paul Nagano Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-65-1)
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Issei immigrants embrace Christianity as part of effort to assimilate into dominant culture
Paul Nagano Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-65-14)
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Role of the Berkeley Buddhist Temple in providing housing and serving the community during the postwar resettlement period
Satoru Ichikawa Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-236-9)
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The completion of Seattle's new Buddhist temple building just before the onset of World War II
Satoru Ichikawa Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-236-2)
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Father's family background: seventeen generations of Buddhist ministers
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