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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Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Yamato Ichihashi, Yuji Ichioka, Harry Kitano, T. Scott Miyakawa, S. Frank Miyamoto, National Japanese American Student Relocation Council, Tamotsu Shibutani, Tamie Tsuchiyama, Toshio Yatsushiro

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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".
Guggenheim Hall at University of Washington (ddr-densho-383-211)
img Guggenheim Hall at University of Washington (ddr-densho-383-211)
Flowering bushes in foreground. Written on album page below photograph: "Guggenheim Hall".
Letter to Mrs. Jones from Mary H. Yoshioka (ddr-densho-391-1)
doc Letter to Mrs. Jones from Mary H. Yoshioka (ddr-densho-391-1)
Letter to Mrs. Jones from Mary H. (Yoshioka) Higuchi. In the letter Mary provides a detailed biography of her life and why that has informed her desire to become a teacher.
Harrington High School class photograph (ddr-densho-404-183)
img Harrington High School class photograph (ddr-densho-404-183)
A Harrington High School class photograph. Tokeo Tagami is kneeling on the front row, third from the left.
Nursing student (ddr-densho-359-287)
img Nursing student (ddr-densho-359-287)
Caption below the photograph in the album " Yoshie Nakata Columbus hospital Nursing School 1936"
Portrait of a graduate (ddr-densho-359-1615)
img Portrait of a graduate (ddr-densho-359-1615)
The caption written under the photograph is "Crystal City June 1945".
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