Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) Records (TAM 357)

The Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) was pioneered by Midori Shimanouchi Lederer in 1981 to address the lack of social services for aging Japanese Americans with limited English language skills or little access to information about programs. JASSI quickly grew to encompass the needs of restaurant workers, students, recent immigrants, and those in need of counseling or other referral services in the New York area. The Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) Records offer a rich demographic and social-historical portrait of New York’s post-war Japanese American community.

To learn more about the contents of the Japanese American Social Services, Inc. Records, located at the NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, view the collection’s finding aid.