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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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
Ryo Imamura Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-27-19)
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Buddhist philosophy of non-attachment to "forms": Buddhist 442nd soldiers' acceptance of a Christian chaplain
Ryo Imamura Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-27-12)
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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 5 (ddr-densho-1000-27-5)
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Grandfather's role as Jodo Shin Buddhist minister to early plantation laborers in Hawaii
Ryo Imamura Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-27-14)
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Discussion of increasing Caucasian membership in Buddhist churches
Satoru Ichikawa Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-236-2)
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Father's family background: seventeen generations of Buddhist ministers
May Y. Namba Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-171-6)
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Religion as a child; father's involvement in community activities
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 5 (ddr-densho-1000-65-5)
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Baptist churches offer assistance to Japanese during wartime mass removal
Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-98-3)
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First exposure to the Baptist religion, memories of being "gathered" up for nursery school
William Hiroshi Wake (ddr-csujad-8-82)
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Oral history interview with William Hiroshi Wake. 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 Wake, William Hiroshi
Naomi Tagawa (ddr-csujad-8-69)
doc Naomi Tagawa (ddr-csujad-8-69)
Oral history interview with Naomi Tagawa. 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 Tagawa, Naomi
An Oral History with Lillie Y. McCabe, Part II (ddr-csujad-29-17)
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An oral history with Lillie Y. McCabe, an incarceree at the Santa Anita Temporary Assembly Center and the Granada (Amache) incarceration camp. This interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The interview covers the Anglo reverends and ministers who helped her while she was incarcerated at Amache, how ...
An Oral History with Mitsuo Nitta (ddr-csujad-29-4)
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Oral history with Nisei farmer/businessman from pioneering Orange County, California family gives prewar biographical information with emphasis on Japanese Americans in Orange County. Discusses World War II forced removal, experiences in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the role of the Japanese American Citizens League before and after World War II. This oral history was conducted ...
Shrine (ddr-densho-359-58)
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A landscape photograph of a shrine above a body of water.
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