Japanese YWCA building, San Francisco.
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Introduction
In the year 1912, a Japanese organization of churches and Issei (Soko Bukai) set up a building to facilitate the social needs of women and young girls in the society. As years proceeded the facility (Japanese YWCA) extended its service to more than three churches who were the founder members of Soko Bukia. It is formally built with bricks decorated with tiles .on the front side of their glass windows This followed a decision to purchase a building at 1830 Sutter Street. Since the immigrant was prohibited from owning a building in the U.S by the Alien Law the Japanese YWCA sought help from the San Francisco. YCWA on behave of minority Japanese citizens in America formed the organization to advocate racial equality. Uniquely YWCA sees to it that there was ethical, moral, and political democracy within the US during the second world war.
Since San Francisco joined the Japanese YWCA the building has been in constant renovation intending to increase the number of dormitories, meeting rooms and a modern garden. According to (Johnson2019) during the second world war, Japanese refugees were concentrated into camps and only a few returned home after the war. This resulted in a drastic decrease in the Japanese American community and consequently reduced the interest of the Japanese YWCA until 1996. An attempt to sell the property in 1996 by the San Francisco YWCA faced a lot of opposing struggles. Japanese American community opposed the sale of the property and went to court to file a case against this but selling succeeded after a couple of years of litigation and the property was sold to a nonprofit organization known as Nihonmachi Little Friends. Ever since its construction the Japanese YWCA in San Francisco has got popularity.