Higher education

Valeda freshmen installation ceremony

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 ...
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Fuyokai members in front of four columns

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."
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Members of SYNKOA in front of the Japanese Students Club clubhouse

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 ...
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22 Japanese Are Employed At University (February 27, 1942)

The Seattle Daily Times, February 27, 1942, p. 11
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Impact of incarceration

Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (April 14, 1943)

Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (April 14, 1943). Envelope is postmarked April 20, 1943 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
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Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Lois Sato

Postcard addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from Lois Sato at the Portland Assembely Center. Postmarked Jul 9, 1942. On the left side of the front of the postcard is a red Censored stamp with an unknown signature. On the back of the postcard is a handwritten message ...
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Letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from his son William Koyama on Father's Day

A letter written to Kei Koyama from his son William Koyama. It is dated June 21, 1942. In the letter William writes to encourage his father to stay positive and look to God as the rest of the family is doing. In the postscript written on the side of the ...
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Women's Army Corps/Women's Army Auxiliary Corps

Herbert K. Yanamura at the Kalamazoo train station


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Herbert K. Yanamura at the Kalamazoo train station


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Soldier holding his Coca Cola ration

Caption in album: "This is the first Coca Cola ration we had shortly after the war."
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