Between 1880 and 1942, Tacoma, Washington, was home to a large and thriving Japanese American community. Despite multiple anti-Asian and naturalization laws, Japanese Americans created a bustling community called Nihonmachi, or Japantown, in downtown Tacoma where the University of Washington Tacoma is now located. This community included businesses, hotels, places of worship, and a Japanese Language School. Many Japanese Americans who grew up in Tacoma and attended the Japanese Language School went on to become students at what was then the College of Puget Sound. To read the complete essay, visit the Overview Essay tab of this guide.
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