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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Issei Yale Law graduate in cap and gown (ddr-densho-259-430)
img Issei Yale Law graduate in cap and gown (ddr-densho-259-430)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Young Japanese man in a cap and gown. Although I don't know who the man was on the photograph it says 'Yale Law -- '11' He had to have been an Issei, and to have graduated from such a prestigious school then, indicated a very talented young man."
Three young women (ddr-densho-259-174)
img Three young women (ddr-densho-259-174)
Doris Hanson and Michi Yasui (friends and roommates at the University of Oregon) and an unidentified girl.
Album 1 (ddr-densho-287-21)
doc Album 1 (ddr-densho-287-21)
Molly (Kageyama) Maeda's red photo album containing images of young nisei at Oregon State College (now Oregon State University), graduation portaits, and images of life at Minidoka.
Group of friends (ddr-densho-287-196)
img Group of friends (ddr-densho-287-196)
Photograph of a group of seven people standing together outside. Written on the album page below the image is "Walt Arden Jack Elmer Keith Lois Thelma" in white ink.
Mabel Takashima (ddr-densho-287-144)
img Mabel Takashima (ddr-densho-287-144)
Photograph of two women, Molly (Kageyama) Maeda is standing and Mabel Takashima is seated on a bicycle. Written along the bottom is "Mabel Takashima O.S.C. 3/42" in black ink. Same as ddr-densho-287-116.
Larry and Patty (ddr-densho-287-635)
img Larry and Patty (ddr-densho-287-635)
Photograph of Larry Lloyd (left) and Patty Patch (right) in graduation caps and gowns. Written on the album page below the image is "Larry / Patty" in black ink.
Graduation Portrait (ddr-densho-287-742)
img Graduation Portrait (ddr-densho-287-742)
Portrait of a man in graduation cap and gown with a hood.
Men's Halls (ddr-densho-287-703)
img Men's Halls (ddr-densho-287-703)
Photograph of a building. Written on the album page below the image is "Men's Halls" in black ink.
Commerce Building (ddr-densho-287-95)
img Commerce Building (ddr-densho-287-95)
Photograph of the Commerce Building at Oregon State College (now known as Oregon State University). Etched into the image along the bottom is "Commerce Bldg. Christian"
Group of friends (ddr-densho-287-198)
img Group of friends (ddr-densho-287-198)
Photograph of a group of 12 people standing and sitting on the ground. Front row left to right: Bud Wolf, Walt, Jack Anderson, and John. Second row left to right: Al, Harlan, and unidentified. Third row left to right: Arden Brownell, Larrance and Elmer Anderson. Back row left to right: Thema and Walstrom. Written on the …
Kate Iwasaki (ddr-densho-287-92)
img Kate Iwasaki (ddr-densho-287-92)
Photograph of Kate Iwasaki sitting on ledge outside a building at Oregon State College (now known as Oregon State University). Written across the top left and lower right corners is "To the typical O.S.C. coed Molly-- Just Kate Iwasaki O.S.C." in black ink.
Graduation (ddr-densho-287-44)
img Graduation (ddr-densho-287-44)
Photograph of an unidentified man standing oustide in her graduation cap and gown.
Keith (ddr-densho-287-194)
img Keith (ddr-densho-287-194)
Photograph of Keith Russell standing with his hand to his chest. Written on the album page below the image is "Keith (Bonaparte) Russell in white ink.
Graduation portrait (ddr-densho-287-23)
img Graduation portrait (ddr-densho-287-23)
Portrait photograph of an unidentified woman in a graduation cap and gown.
Art Kodani Graduation portrait (ddr-densho-287-692)
img Art Kodani Graduation portrait (ddr-densho-287-692)
Portrait of Art Kodani in a graduation cap and gown. Written in the lower right corner of image is "Sincerely Art Kodani '35" in blue ink. Written on the album page below the image is "Art Kodani" in black ink.
Graduation portrait of Molly Kageyama (ddr-densho-287-27)
img Graduation portrait of Molly Kageyama (ddr-densho-287-27)
Graduation portrait of Molly (Kageyama) Maeda dressed in a cap and gown. Written in the lower right corner is "June-'41" in blue ink. Same as ddr-densho-287-143.
Milton's desk (ddr-densho-287-702)
img Milton's desk (ddr-densho-287-702)
Photograph of a desk with drawings hung up on the walls. Written on the album page below the image is "Where I studied" in black ink. Identical to ddr-densho-287-319.
Maeda Family at Graduation (ddr-densho-287-670)
img Maeda Family at Graduation (ddr-densho-287-670)
Photograph of the Maeda Family with Milton at his graduation. Front row left to right: Frances Maeda, Obasan, and Yoshiko Maeda. Back row left to right: Rikichi Maeda, Milton Maeda, and Ojisan. Written on the album page below the image is "Frances - Dad -- Obasan - Mother - Ojisan" in black ink.
Graduation Trio (ddr-densho-287-46)
img Graduation Trio (ddr-densho-287-46)
Photograph of three unidentfied people standing together dressed in their graducation cap and gowns.
Apperson Hall (ddr-densho-287-700)
img Apperson Hall (ddr-densho-287-700)
Photograph of Apperson Hall Building at Oregon State College (now Oregon State University). Written on the album page below the image is "Apperson Hall" in black ink.
Memorial Union (ddr-densho-287-699)
img Memorial Union (ddr-densho-287-699)
Photograph of Memorial Union Building at Oregon State College (now Oregon State University). Written on the album page below the image is "Memorial Union" in black ink. Photograph of Memorial Union building on the Oregon State College (now Oregon State University) campus. Identicial to ddr-densho-287-306 & ddr-densho-287-640.
Stroll with ice cream (ddr-densho-287-141)
img Stroll with ice cream (ddr-densho-287-141)
Photograph of an unidentfied woman walking on campus eating an ice cream cone.
Four women on campus (ddr-densho-287-106)
img Four women on campus (ddr-densho-287-106)
Photograph of four unidentified women sitting on a campus lawn.
Poling Hall (ddr-densho-287-652)
img Poling Hall (ddr-densho-287-652)
Poling Hall at Oregon State College (now Oregon State University). Written on the album page to the right of the image is "O.S.C. Poling Hall '39" in blue ink.
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