Higher education

The Issei (first-generation Japanese immigrants) put great emphasis on education as a means of succeeding in the U.S. While many Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) obtained college degrees, they found professions closed to them. It was not uncommon for educated nisei to be forced to settle for menial jobs in the ethnic community. Frequently, Japanese Americans could find jobs commensurate with their education only by becoming independent professionals such as doctors and dentists providing services to the Japanese community. The World War II incarceration interrupted thousands of students' university educations.

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University of Washington pharmacy students (ddr-densho-383-74)
img University of Washington pharmacy students (ddr-densho-383-74)
Classmates of George Tokuda. Back row, left to right: Charles Wilson Jr. (kneeling), Clarence McRory, Marion Ostliff, Victor Seeberg, Harold Woodhead. Front row, left to right: Elsie Johnson, Thomas Young, Ada Marckx.
Parrington Hall at University of Washington (ddr-densho-383-261)
img Parrington Hall at University of Washington (ddr-densho-383-261)
Written on album page below photograph: "Parrington Hall U of W".
Welly Shibata standing on lawn (ddr-densho-383-178)
img Welly Shibata standing on lawn (ddr-densho-383-178)
Written on album page below photograph: "Welly Shibata". Printed and pasted on album page below photograph: "Famous Last Words. And what's wrong with my tone of voice, my haughty beauty?" Welly Shibata was a University of Washington student who graduated in 1929. He was also a member of the Japanese Students Club at the University of …
Tad Yonago wearing University of Washington sweater (ddr-densho-383-332)
img Tad Yonago wearing University of Washington sweater (ddr-densho-383-332)
Written on album page below photograph: "Pride of Spokane, Tad Yonago". Tad Yonago was from Spokane and graduated from the University of Washington in 1936. He was a member of the Japanese Students Club during his time at the University of Washington.
Physics building at University of Washington (ddr-densho-383-210)
img Physics building at University of Washington (ddr-densho-383-210)
Frosh Pond is in the foreground. This building is now known as Mary Gates Hall. Written on album page below photograph: "Physics Hall".
Parrington Hall at University of Washington (ddr-densho-383-204)
img Parrington Hall at University of Washington (ddr-densho-383-204)
Written on album page below photograph: "Vernon Parington[sic] Hall U of W".
Cutout of seated man (ddr-densho-383-7)
img Cutout of seated man (ddr-densho-383-7)
Cutout pasted on top of colored paper circle, to appear as though floating on a bubble. Man likely a University of Washington student and friend of George Tokuda.
Students outside Suzzallo Library (ddr-densho-383-226)
img Students outside Suzzallo Library (ddr-densho-383-226)
Written on album page below photograph: "Henry Yamada, Shizuo, & Myself. Columbia River Highway, 1931". However, the picture was actually taken on the steps of Suzzallo Library on the University of Washington campus. Labeled identifications may be incorrect. Pictured on right is Isamu Ito and next to him (left) is George Tokuda.
Theodore Backstrom sitting on lawn (ddr-densho-383-13)
img Theodore Backstrom sitting on lawn (ddr-densho-383-13)
Theodore Backstrom was a University of Washington pharmacy student and a classmate of George Tokuda. Written on photograph: "T. Backstrom".
Art Sasaki on card with drawing (ddr-densho-383-82)
img Art Sasaki on card with drawing (ddr-densho-383-82)
Arthur Sasaki was a University of Washington graduate in 1933 and a member of the Japanese Students Club. Written on card: "George: Happy New Year. Art Sasaki 1931"
Three young men standing on porch (ddr-densho-383-33)
img Three young men standing on porch (ddr-densho-383-33)
Left to right: Frank Yamashita, George Tokuda, James Hara. All attended the University of Washington and were members of the Japanese Students Club. James Hara was a pharmacy student who graduated in 1933.
George Tokuda graduation portrait (ddr-densho-383-355)
img George Tokuda graduation portrait (ddr-densho-383-355)
Portrait taken for graduation from University of Washington. Stamped on front of photograph: "Takano Studio, Seattle". Written on back of photograph: "George Tokuda, UW Graduate".
Tamako Inouye graduation portrait (ddr-densho-383-356)
img Tamako Inouye graduation portrait (ddr-densho-383-356)
Portrait taken for graduation from University of Washington. Written on back of photograph: "Mom - graduate".
William Takahashi on University of Washington campus (ddr-densho-383-255)
img William Takahashi on University of Washington campus (ddr-densho-383-255)
William "Yash" Takahashi was a University of Washington graduate in 1937. He was on the debate team and a member of the Japanese Students Club during his time as a student at the University of Washington. Written on album page below photograph: "Our Debater, William Takahashi".
Toshimi Nishimura in suit outside store (ddr-densho-383-180)
img Toshimi Nishimura in suit outside store (ddr-densho-383-180)
Written on album page next to photograph: "God's Gift to Women, Giggolo Nishimura." Printed and pasted on album page below photograph: "Famous last words. You look all right, dearie-when you're dressed up." Toshimi Nishimura was a University of Washington student and Japanese Students Club member.
Cutout of seated man (ddr-densho-383-8)
img Cutout of seated man (ddr-densho-383-8)
Cutout pasted on top of colored paper circle, to appear as though floating on a bubble. Man likely a University of Washington student and friend of George Tokuda.
Two women sitting in grass (ddr-densho-383-176)
img Two women sitting in grass (ddr-densho-383-176)
Written on album page below photograph: "Kay Suzuki and Sumi Shimizu". Both were University of Washington students and members of the Fuyo Kai organization. Sumiko Shimizu graduated in 1933, and was the president of Fuyo Kai in her senior year.
Dave Tanabe (ddr-densho-383-341)
img Dave Tanabe (ddr-densho-383-341)
Dave Tanabe was a University of Washington graduate in 1937 and a member of the Japanese Students Club during his time as a University of Washington student. Written on album page below photograph: "Dave Tanabe".
Four women sitting on lawn (ddr-densho-383-10)
img Four women sitting on lawn (ddr-densho-383-10)
Members of the University of Washington pharmacy program with George Tokuda. Left to right: Elsie Johnson, Marion Ostliff, Claire Evans, Ada Marckx. Written on photograph: "Ada Marckx, Marion Ostliff, Elsie Johnson".
Cutout of seated man (ddr-densho-383-9)
img Cutout of seated man (ddr-densho-383-9)
Cutout pasted on top of colored paper circle, to appear as though floating on a bubble. Man likely a University of Washington student and friend of George Tokuda.
George Tokuda with pipe (ddr-densho-383-327)
img George Tokuda with pipe (ddr-densho-383-327)
George Tokuda sitting outside Japanese Students Club house at 4115 15th Avenue NE on University of Washington campus.
Frosh Pond at University of Washington (ddr-densho-383-202)
img Frosh Pond at University of Washington (ddr-densho-383-202)
Johnson Hall on left and physics building on right (currently known as Mary Gates Hall). Written on album page below photograph: "Frosh Pond U of W".
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