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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Portrait of Gentaro Takahashi and clipping (ddr-densho-355-105)
img Portrait of Gentaro Takahashi and clipping (ddr-densho-355-105)
Article about Boston University students initiated into Delta Mu Delta Honorary Society, including Gentaro Takahashi
Letter from Harvard University (ddr-densho-355-15)
doc Letter from Harvard University (ddr-densho-355-15)
Certifying that Gentaro Takahashi was a student at the school from September 1916 to June 1917.
Registration Receipt and envelope (ddr-densho-355-23)
doc Registration Receipt and envelope (ddr-densho-355-23)
For payment of registration fee for Gentaro Takahashi for Boston University. Envelope not original to document.
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, …
Ottawa University Choir (ddr-densho-72-50)
img Ottawa University Choir (ddr-densho-72-50)
Photo from page of "Scrapbook: Postmarks, 1947-48". Ottawa University Choir; Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda is in the second row from the top, fourth from the left.
Lewis and Clark College rally squad (ddr-densho-72-52)
img Lewis and Clark College rally squad (ddr-densho-72-52)
Photo from page of "Scrapbook: 1948-49". Original caption of photo "There is no racial problem among the sparkling members of Lewis and Clark College's rally squad. From left, they are Leslie Clerin, junior in physical education; Tsuguo Ikeda, senior in sociology; Bob Tabor, sophomore in drama, and Ruby Brock, junior in psychology. Ikeda, elected yell king …
Japanese American man (ddr-densho-26-196)
img Japanese American man (ddr-densho-26-196)
Young Japanese American man lounging on the grass at the University of Washington campus
Japanese Americans at the University of Washington (ddr-densho-26-195)
img Japanese Americans at the University of Washington (ddr-densho-26-195)
A group of Japanese Americans pose in front of the George Washington statue located on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. The statue was created by Lorado Taft, also the sculptor of the Fountain of Time.
National Intercollegiate Bowling Championship team (ddr-densho-26-254)
img National Intercollegiate Bowling Championship team (ddr-densho-26-254)
The University of Washington bowling team won the Intercollegiate Bowling Championship in 1956.
College of Puget Sound Japanese American club (ddr-densho-109-38)
img College of Puget Sound Japanese American club (ddr-densho-109-38)
Front Row (L to R): Jack Hata, Aiko Kimura, Yoshiko Fujimoto, Yoshiye Jinguji, Margaret Yamamoto, Kenji Oyanagi. Back row (L to R): Tom Gato, Masayoski Jinguji, Jimmy Yoshioka, Hide Sato, Jimmy Yamamoto, Mine Tsuchikawa.
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