Identity and values

Like millions of other immigrants in the United States, first-generation Japanese and their children felt the tension of maintaining their cultural heritage amid pressures to conform to mainstream society while also dealing with discrimination. Although most new immigrants in this country have had to struggle with these same conflicts, one traumatic event sets Japanese Americans apart from other immigrant groups: the mass incarceration during World War II.

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Portrait of a man and woman (ddr-densho-395-65)
img Portrait of a man and woman (ddr-densho-395-65)
Portrait of a man wearing a suit and a woman wearing a dropped waist dress.
Group photograph of the Bitows and others (ddr-densho-395-62)
img Group photograph of the Bitows and others (ddr-densho-395-62)
Seiso Bitow, Kimiko Bitow, and eight men in suits pose for a group photograph
Portrait of Rikichi Maeda (ddr-densho-395-70)
img Portrait of Rikichi Maeda (ddr-densho-395-70)
Portrait of Rikichi Maeda, wearing a pinstripe suit and patterned tie.
Taeko Kurimura smiles at the camera (ddr-densho-395-22)
img Taeko Kurimura smiles at the camera (ddr-densho-395-22)
Taeko Kurimura poses in a formal dress with a pin-on corsage and a rolled up document. Written on front: To Cooky, Love Taeko Kurimura.
Seiso Bitow and others stand on the deck of a Japanese naval ship (ddr-densho-395-85)
img Seiso Bitow and others stand on the deck of a Japanese naval ship (ddr-densho-395-85)
A group of men and one woman stand on the deck of a Japanese naval ship. Seiso Bitow stands on the front row, fourth from the right.
Group of men and women in an empty lot (ddr-densho-395-90)
img Group of men and women in an empty lot (ddr-densho-395-90)
A group of men and women stand in an empty lot with buildings and cars in the background.
NCRR (National Coalation for Redress/Reparations) pamphlet (ddr-janm-4-8)
doc NCRR (National Coalation for Redress/Reparations) pamphlet (ddr-janm-4-8)
NCRR (National Coalation for Redress/Reparations) brief history and membership sign-up pamphlet.
NCRR (National Coalation for Redress/Reparations) pamphlet (ddr-janm-4-39)
doc NCRR (National Coalation for Redress/Reparations) pamphlet (ddr-janm-4-39)
NCRR (National Coalation for Redress/Reparations) brief history and membership sign-up pamphlet.
Issei man at house of Japanese Consul General (ddr-densho-259-553)
img Issei man at house of Japanese Consul General (ddr-densho-259-553)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Portrait of Senichi Tomihiro He's standing on a sloping lawn in front of a fine house, and in front of this house is a tall white flagstaff. The flag on the staff could be the Japanese rising sun flag. If it is, then that house probably belonged to the Japanese Consul General …
Issei men in feudal Japanese costumes (ddr-densho-259-229)
img Issei men in feudal Japanese costumes (ddr-densho-259-229)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Issei men dressed in feudal Japanese costumes These ancient Japanese costumes represented the samurai, and possibly some of the entourage of a daimyo (a samurai lord); some of the priestly class; the artisan class represented by men in workmen's clothing and carrying framing squares; and interestingly, a couple of …
Issei men in feudal Japanese costumes (ddr-densho-259-454)
img Issei men in feudal Japanese costumes (ddr-densho-259-454)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Issei men dressed in feudal Japanese costumes These ancient Japanese costumes represented the samurai, and possibly some of the entourage of a daimyo (a samurai lord); some of the priestly class; the artisan class represented by men in workmen's clothing and carrying framing squares; and interestingly, a couple of …
Man wearing a sugegasa and mino (ddr-densho-259-146)
img Man wearing a sugegasa and mino (ddr-densho-259-146)
Unidentified man wearing a sugegasa (conical hat) and mino (straw raincoat).
Celebration of Tenchosetsu (ddr-densho-259-142)
img Celebration of Tenchosetsu (ddr-densho-259-142)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Picture of the celebration of Tenchosetsu at the [Hood River] Japanese Community Hall Tenchosetsu was the formal celebration of the birthday of the Japanese emperor."
Tenchosetsu celebration (ddr-densho-259-444)
img Tenchosetsu celebration (ddr-densho-259-444)
Gathering of Issei for the celebration of Tenchosetsu, a day to pray for the long life of the emperor and a celebration of Emperor Taisho's birthday.
Issei man in kimono (ddr-densho-259-140)
img Issei man in kimono (ddr-densho-259-140)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Portrait of [Masuo Yasui] dressed in a kimono, with a long, knee length dark over-kimono, but it wasn't a montsuki, because there are no crests. He's wearing a straw boater. I think that this picture must have been taken in Japan when our family went there for a 2-1/2 month visit in …
Japanese Consul General's wife with student (ddr-densho-259-507)
img Japanese Consul General's wife with student (ddr-densho-259-507)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Doris Hansen and the Japanese Consul General's wife. Doris is dressed in a kimono and is carrying a sensu--a Japanese folding fan."
Japanese women wearing montsuki (ddr-densho-259-84)
img Japanese women wearing montsuki (ddr-densho-259-84)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "This picture of an unknown Japanese woman and a younger, equally unknown Japanese woman [shows] the formal montsuki--which is an over-garment which has the family crest placed on it in 5 defined places. The younger woman is wearing what looks like a fancy kapogi--but it looks to good to be just a …
img "Issei in quasi-feudal Japanese costumes" (ddr-densho-259-453)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Hood River Issei in quasi-feudal Japanese costumes. I think that this picture was taken at our Mosier farm because of the hills in the background I suspect that this was another undokai [field day/sports day]."
Gidra, Vol. I, No. 4 (July 1969) (ddr-densho-297-4)
doc Gidra, Vol. I, No. 4 (July 1969) (ddr-densho-297-4)
Selected article titles: "Experimental College Starts" (p. 1), "Yellow Brotherhood Food for Thought" (p. 1), "Blind Reflections?" (p. 2), "The Misunderstanding in Chinatown" (p. 4).
Letter to Larry Tajiri from Margaret Anderson, editor of Common Ground (ddr-densho-338-425)
doc Letter to Larry Tajiri from Margaret Anderson, editor of Common Ground (ddr-densho-338-425)
The author praises Larry Tajiri's work running the Pacific Citizen, discusses an article on the Manzanar riot/uprising, and requests he stop using the term "the American Japanese."
Kanazawa home (ddr-densho-308-4)
img Kanazawa home (ddr-densho-308-4)
The Kanazawa family outside their home at 1642 Weller St., Seattle, Washington.
Nisei children (ddr-densho-308-3)
img Nisei children (ddr-densho-308-3)
The Kanazawa children posing here (front row, left to right) Min Kanazawa, Bob Kanazawa, Yasu Kanazawa, (back row, left to right Niesan Kanazawa, Mae (Kanazawa) Hara
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