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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Letter from Walter Bogner to Allen Arai (ddr-densho-430-88)
doc Letter from Walter Bogner to Allen Arai (ddr-densho-430-88)
Letter to Kichio Allen Arai from Walter F. Bogner answering Arai's question about his Harvard degree's privileges in Washington State by referring Arai to write S.L. Stubbs at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
Letter of recommendation from G.H. Edgell (ddr-densho-430-66)
doc Letter of recommendation from G.H. Edgell (ddr-densho-430-66)
Letter of recommendation for Kichio Allen Arai from G.H. Edgell, Dean of the School of Architecture at Harvard University.
Ivy Davina Arai's thesis from Princeton (ddr-densho-430-359)
doc Ivy Davina Arai's thesis from Princeton (ddr-densho-430-359)
Title: De-limiting Zones, The Seattle Japanese American Experience, 1939-1950. Includes detailed hand drawn map of pre-war businesses
Densho eNews, June 2008 (ddr-densho-431-21)
doc Densho eNews, June 2008 (ddr-densho-431-21)
Article titles: "From the Director," "From the Archive: New Neighbors Among Us: The Japanese American 'Resettlement,'" "Densho News: Densho and Collaborators Interview in Denver," "Densho Wins History Award," "Please Forward! Share the eNews with a Friend and Win a Prize," "National News and Events: Report to Congress for Camps Preservation Grants," "Reminders of National Conferences," "Honorary …
Valeda freshmen installation ceremony (ddr-densho-45-4)
img Valeda freshmen installation ceremony (ddr-densho-45-4)
In fall 1947, women of Japanese ancestry started a new student group called Valeda ("wise women" in Greek). Like the Fuyokai, Valeda supported Japanese American women students and encouraged them to join other organizations on campus. Valeda participated in numerous projects on campus and in the community until it disbanded in 1965. Left to right: Setsuko …
Fuyokai members in front of four columns (ddr-densho-45-3)
img Fuyokai members in front of four columns (ddr-densho-45-3)
In 1925, twelve women formed the Fuyokai, which is Japanese for "Hibiscus Club." Their goal was to support Japanese American students and develop an understanding of "the highest ideals of Japan and America."
Japanese Students Club (ddr-densho-45-1)
img Japanese Students Club (ddr-densho-45-1)
Members of the Japanese Students Club pose in front of the clubhouse fireplace. The Japanese Students Club (JSC) was the precursor of the current UW Nikkei Alumni Association at the University of Washington. The JSC was started in the early 1920s. Japanese Americans were excluded from the Greek-system fraternities because of their Japanese ancestry. In response …
Members of SYNKOA in front of the Japanese Students Club clubhouse (ddr-densho-45-2)
img Members of SYNKOA in front of the Japanese Students Club clubhouse (ddr-densho-45-2)
After World War II, the Japanese Students Club became known as SYNKOA to honor members who had died during the war. The first letters of the following members' last names make up the acronym: George T. Sawada, Frank M. Shigemura, George Yamaguchi, Hideo H. Yasui, Shigeo Yoshioka, William K. Nakamura, Ben Ninomiya, Jiro Kanetomi, Yoshio Kato, …
Department of Justice files for James Seigo Miwa (ddr-densho-437-20)
doc Department of Justice files for James Seigo Miwa (ddr-densho-437-20)
Correspondence with MIlton Simpson and Department of Alien Property concerning efforts to claim James Seigo Miwa's confiscated property
Department of Justice files for James Seigo Miwa (ddr-densho-437-19)
doc Department of Justice files for James Seigo Miwa (ddr-densho-437-19)
Includes documents related to attempts to have James Seigo Miwa's sons attend college in the United States, and return of property
Lawrence Miwa in graduation cap and gown (ddr-densho-437-2)
img Lawrence Miwa in graduation cap and gown (ddr-densho-437-2)
Inscribed on the back of the photograph "6/6/56, Graduation on the campus at University Heights, N.Y.W., Me, N.Y., N.Y.
Asian American student conference outside Suzzallo Library on the University of Washington's campus (ddr-densho-460-1)
img Asian American student conference outside Suzzallo Library on the University of Washington's campus (ddr-densho-460-1)
Includes Japanese American students who were forcibly removed and incarcerated, including Hiroshi Eguchi. Embossed on front: Jackson Studio Seattle.
Letter from San Mateo Junior College (ddr-densho-188-2)
doc Letter from San Mateo Junior College (ddr-densho-188-2)
Letter regarding application process for San Mateo Junior College.
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