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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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".
Bob Higashida in suit standing on lawn (ddr-densho-383-121)
img Bob Higashida in suit standing on lawn (ddr-densho-383-121)
Bob Higashida was a University of Washington student and member of the Japanese Students Club. He became a dentist. Written on photo: "To George, Sincerely, Bob. Dec. 1929".
University of Washington students (ddr-densho-383-62)
img University of Washington students (ddr-densho-383-62)
Left to right: Tad Yonago and Frank Yamashita. Written on album page below photograph: "Frank and Tad". Both were members of the Japanese Students Club, pictured standing outside the Japanese Students Club house located at 4115 15th Avenue NE.
Guggenheim Hall at University of Washington (ddr-densho-383-212)
img Guggenheim Hall at University of Washington (ddr-densho-383-212)
Frosh Pond in the foreground. Written on album page below photograph: "Guggenheim Hall".
University of Washington Japanese Students Club (ddr-densho-383-383)
img University of Washington Japanese Students Club (ddr-densho-383-383)
Members outside the Japanese Students Club house at 4115 15th Avenue NE. George Tokuda in center front row, wearing light-colored suit. Written on bottom left corner "Takano Studio".
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".
University of Washington Fuyo Kai members (ddr-densho-383-375)
img University of Washington Fuyo Kai members (ddr-densho-383-375)
Group photograph taken in front of columns in Sylvan Grove on University of Washington campus. Fuyo Kai was a campus organization to support Japanese American students. Tamako Inouye was president of Fuyo Kai as a senior in 1942.
Education Hall at University of Washington (ddr-densho-383-209)
img Education Hall at University of Washington (ddr-densho-383-209)
This building is currently known as Miller Hall. Written on album page below photograph: "Education Hall".
University of Washington Japanese Students Club (ddr-densho-383-352)
img University of Washington Japanese Students Club (ddr-densho-383-352)
Members outside the Japanese Students Club house at 4115 15th Avenue NE. George Tokuda in front row, third from left. Printed on photograph mat frame: "Aiko, Seattle, Wn."
Three men on University of Washington campus (ddr-densho-383-401)
img Three men on University of Washington campus (ddr-densho-383-401)
Left to right: Roy, Dick Horita, and George Tokuda. Written on back of photograph: "Roy, Dick, Dad".
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 …
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