Japanese Students Club
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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 to this restriction, Issei pooled resources and purchased a building (4115 15th Avenue N.E.) to provide a place for Japanese American students to live and socialize. Although the housing was restricted to men, the clubhouse was open to men and women regardless of nationality or religion. The Japanese community retained ownership of the building until it was sold in 1962. Proceeds from the sale continue to fund scholarships and grants. The School of Social Work and Hearing Sciences now occupies the site of clubhouse.
Courtesy of the UW Nikkei Alumni Association