Hiroshima Kenjinkai picnic

Nikkei (neek-kay)

Japanese term meaning ‘of Japanese descent,’ referring to Japanese immigrants and their descendants.

Facing Racism

Mutual support

Tightly knit associations like the kenjin-kai, farmers co-operative, millworkers union, and Gyosha-dantai cared for the well-being of newcomers and provided support in the Nikkei communities. Nikkei founded hospitals, schools and social groups. Churches offered their services. Families and neighbours looked out for each other.

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Hiroshima Kenjinkai picnic, Vancouver, B.C., ca. 1920. Shokichi Akatsuka, photographer. Shokichi Akatsuka Fonds. Japanese Canadian National Museum 92/20.008.

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