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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doc "My Life Begins" (ddr-densho-446-350)
My Life Begins (autobiography): Ai Chih's parents, conversion to Christianity, education in Japan, arrival in US on student visa, U of Chicago, Robert Cashman, Keimer Shou, Japanese Christian Church (Chicago), War, Ordination, Meeting Ryo, Marriage, Navy-Columbia U, War Dept.-D.C., MD, US Strategic Bombing Survey, UNRRA
Letter from Robert Cashman to Ai Chih Tsai (ddr-densho-446-8)
doc Letter from Robert Cashman to Ai Chih Tsai (ddr-densho-446-8)
Robert Cashman's response to Ai Chih Sai's news that the Tsai family recommends Ai Chih Sai's marriage to Ri-San (member of prominent family). "better to observe oriental customs than to adopt the US customs." Congratulations on renewal of U of C scholarship.
Letter from Robert M. Strozier to Ai Chih Tsai (ddr-densho-446-319)
doc Letter from Robert M. Strozier to Ai Chih Tsai (ddr-densho-446-319)
President Colwell forwarded Tsai's letter regarding establishing a university in Formosa to Strazier. International House is interested but cannot supply funds. International House wants to promote Tsai's work in other ways. Strozier is interested in learning more.
Ryo Tsai Graduation Photo (ddr-densho-446-436)
img Ryo Tsai Graduation Photo (ddr-densho-446-436)
RT received a BA in English in 1958 and a Master of Librarianship in 1960, both from the University of Washington.
Ryo Morikawa Recollections (ddr-densho-446-349)
doc Ryo Morikawa Recollections (ddr-densho-446-349)
Autobiography: Ryo's parents, Life in San Diego, 11 months in Japan, Evacuation, Married Life
Letter from Jiu Su-iong to whom it may concern (ddr-densho-446-329)
doc Letter from Jiu Su-iong to whom it may concern (ddr-densho-446-329)
The South Formosa Synod requests Ai Chih Tsai to represent the synod: 1. to start working to establish a university, middle, and primary school; 2. to engage American professors, teachers, and missionaries to come to this new university; 3. to raise a relief fund for Formosan churches damaged by bombs.
Letter from Ernest Cadman Colwell to Ai Chih Tsai (ddr-densho-446-316)
doc Letter from Ernest Cadman Colwell to Ai Chih Tsai (ddr-densho-446-316)
Thank you for Christmas present. Letter of introduction to William Benton and Robert Strozier, International House University of Chicago, who may help with proposed university in Formosa.
RT Honorary Degree Citation (ddr-densho-446-456)
doc RT Honorary Degree Citation (ddr-densho-446-456)
In 2010 California State University awarded an honorary bachelor's degree from San Diego State University (SDSU) to Ryo Tsai and 20 other Nisei whose college years were disrupted by the evacuation of Japanese Americans in 1942.
Letter from Ai Chih Tsai to Ai-jin (ddr-densho-446-318)
doc Letter from Ai Chih Tsai to Ai-jin (ddr-densho-446-318)
Exchange news. Ai Chih Tsai wrote to Chungking about getting a Chinese passport. Ryo (Morikawa) Tsai and Ai Chih Tsai are working on business contacts and possibilities for Ai-jin and contacting church boards and government officials to raise funds for educational activities in Formosa. Ai Chih Tsai needs financial help. Will send money to Chiong-hui's siblings …
Letter from Robert Cashman to Ai Chih Tsai (ddr-densho-446-9)
doc Letter from Robert Cashman to Ai Chih Tsai (ddr-densho-446-9)
ACS will return to Chicago 28 Aug for fall quarter. RC admires ACS' Christian "life" and "keen business ability".
SDSU Alumni: Looking for 36 (ddr-densho-446-369)
doc SDSU Alumni: Looking for 36 (ddr-densho-446-369)
SDSU Turns to Family and Friends to Help Find Nisei Students
Reed College (ddr-one-1-358)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-358)
Black and white photographic print of Ayame Ogimi and her brother Carlos Ogimi staring at a large document or drawing on a table in front of them. This photograph was taken at Reed College where Ayame and Carlos were both students. Negative ONLC 3178 (ddr-one-1-370).
Reed College (ddr-one-1-367)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-367)
Black and white photographic negative of Ayame Ogimi playing ukulele for two unidentified friends in her dorm room at Reed College. Original print ONLC 3183 (ddr-one-1-365)
Letter from Albert W. Palmer to Ai Chih Tsai (ddr-densho-446-26)
doc Letter from Albert W. Palmer to Ai Chih Tsai (ddr-densho-446-26)
The University has sent a check for $35 for the Japanese Student Association, which Palmer holds in trust awaiting further instructions.
Carbon copy letter from Ai Chih Tsai to J.Y. Lai (ddr-densho-446-414)
doc Carbon copy letter from Ai Chih Tsai to J.Y. Lai (ddr-densho-446-414)
Responding to Mr. Lai's letter about the history of Christians in Taiwan. (3 pages)
Letter from Lloyd S. Ruland to Ai Chih Tsai (ddr-densho-446-320)
doc Letter from Lloyd S. Ruland to Ai Chih Tsai (ddr-densho-446-320)
Contact Rev. W.A. Cameron of General Missions Board of Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Letter from Robert Cashman to Ai Chih Tsai (ddr-densho-446-11)
doc Letter from Robert Cashman to Ai Chih Tsai (ddr-densho-446-11)
Ri-San is beautiful. Send your photos to her now. Glad you saw Mr. Uratani in St. Louis.
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