Issei

The earliest wave of Japanese immigrants, the Issei (first generation), had a strong sense of their ethnic identity and retained the values and traditions of their country of birth. Most came to the United States as sojourners and planned to return to Japan after earning their fortunes. In addition, discriminatory laws forbade them from becoming American citizens and from exercising other basic rights, such as owning or leasing land. Since they were thus prevented from fully taking part in American life, it is not surprising that many still identified strongly with the culture of their homeland.

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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 16 (October 15, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-41)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 16 (October 15, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-41)
Selected article titles: "Honda Plant in Ohio Town Getting Unfriendly Welcome" (pp. 1, 6-7), "JA Population Had Low Growth in California During 1970-1980" (p. 1), "'Survivors' Film Gets High PBS Ratings, Good Reviews" (p. 5), and "East Wind: The Ethic of 'More for Less'" (p. 7).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 16 (April 25, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-16)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 16 (April 25, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-16)
Selected article titles: "Bay Area Conference to Examine Ways to Deal with Rise in Anti-Asian Violence" (p. 1), "Garden Dedicated to Issei Pioneers" (p. 3), "By the Board: Staff, Power and Influence" (pp. 4, 8), and "From the Frying Pan: Six Who Were Rescued" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 13 (April 3, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-13)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 13 (April 3, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-13)
Selected article titles: "AP Students Discuss Issues in Education" (pp. 1, 8), "Asian Candidate Building a Coalition in 'Black District'" (pp. 1, 3), "Takeru Higuchi: Chemist Who Invented Time Release Pill Dies" (p. 3), and "USC Opens Clinic Geared for Older JAs" (p. 10).
Ryo Imamura Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-27-3)
vh Ryo Imamura Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-27-3)
Issei values, community service and compassion: grandparents' ministry, caring for the children of Issei farm laborers
Ten Issei men (ddr-densho-259-327)
img Ten Issei men (ddr-densho-259-327)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "10 Issei men, all in western attire. Location not identified, but there is a handwritten date of 1907 at the top. Around then, Masuo [Yasui] was living in Portland at either the Japanese Methodist Mission or at the home of the Caucasian attorney, for whom he worked as a houseboy."
Issei couple (ddr-densho-310-3)
img Issei couple (ddr-densho-310-3)
Issei couple Rev. Tatsuya Ichikawa and Mrs. Yasashi Ichikawa. Rev. Ichikawa was riban at Seattle Buddhist Church for many years.
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-199)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-199)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers posing for camera in front of small crowd with their backs bent slightly and arms extended. Fourth from the left is Yukiye Itoyama, fifth from the left is Eki Yumibe. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and ...
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-252)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-252)
Black and white photographic negative of nine Obon dancers posing for the camera. From left to right: unidentified, Kuni Kitayama, Sakae Kobayashi, Hisako (Onishi) Saito, Hisano Sakamoto, unidentified, Tomi Tsujimura, Yoshino Fujii, unidentified. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei ...
Obon Festival- Obon dancers (ddr-one-1-212)
img Obon Festival- Obon dancers (ddr-one-1-212)
Black and white photographic negative of four Obon dancers posed for the camera in front of a crowd. From left to right: Chieko Yoshihara, Hisano Sakamoto, Sakae Kobayashi, and Kaoru Funatake. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community. This ...
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-23)
One cent postcard addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked Aug 28, 1942. Below the postmark “Sept 1 1942,” is written in red pencil. On the left side of the postcard is a purple "Censored" stamp. The message on the back of the postcard ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from R. Maeda (ddr-one-5-54)
Yellowed envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama in Camp Livingston from R. Maeda at Minidoka. The envelope is postmarked April 28, 1943. Along the top of the envelope is "5/11-43" written in red pencil. Along the left edge of the envelope is clear tape that has the number 149 printed on it. The tape wraps ...
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Eva Koyama (ddr-one-5-11)
Front of one cent postcard is addressed to Dr. K. Koyama at Fort Sill from his daughter Eva Koyama at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked May 11, 1942. On the back of the postcard Eva writes about the family and first few days at the Portland Assembly Center. Dated May 7, 1942.
Envelope, card, and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope, card, and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Miriam Kiyo Koyama (ddr-one-5-9)
Envelope addressed to Dr. K. Koyama at Fort Missoula from his daughter, Miriam Kiyo Koyama, in Portland. Postmarked March 7, 1942. In the lower left corner is a purple "EXAMINED" stamp with a cursive D written above in red pencil. On the back the envelope is sealed with a red victory sticker. Inside the envelope is ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 52, No. 20 (May 19, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-20)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 52, No. 20 (May 19, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-20)
Selected article titles: "Dr. Miyakawa Regards 'Issei Story' Task as Chance to Do Job That Has to Be Done" (p. 1), "Calif. Assembly Passes Two Major Civil Rights Bills: Housing, Licenses: FIPC to Enforce New Housing Bill, If Signed" (p. 1), and "Lobbyist Masaoka Urges Japan Take Firmer Stand to Resist Trade Controls in America" (p ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 8 (August 25, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-34)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 8 (August 25, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-34)
Selected article titles: "Simple Rites Mark Farewell to Aki Hayashi, Cancer Victim at 48" (p. 1), "Washington Newsletter: Congressional Questionnaires" (p. 1), "Research on Bilingualism Bogs as Japanese-English Speaking Women Shy' (p. 2), and "Michener Explains Last April's Row" (p. 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 52, No. 7 (February 17, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-7)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 52, No. 7 (February 17, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-7)
Selected article titles: "San Jose to Greet 174 Teams for National JACL Bowling Tournament Mar. 6-11 at Mel's Palm Bowl: Congressman Inouye to Address Awards Fete at Fairgrounds" (p. 1), "Washington Newsletter: Minorities in the Administration" (p. 1), and "Puyallup Valley's Issei Story Outlined" (p. 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 15 (October 13, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-41)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 15 (October 13, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-41)
Selected article titles: "Washington Newsletter: Freedom in Housing" (p. 1), "National Campaign to Rid Anti-Nisei Films from TV Opens for Third Time" (p. 1), "Weigh Problems of Youth, Aged Issei" (pp. 1-2), and "U.S. Civil Rights Commission Issues 'Let's Face the Facts' Type Report" (pp. 1-2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 11 (September 15, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-37)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 11 (September 15, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-37)
Selected article titles: "Five More $1,000 Contributions Given to 'Issei Story;' General Drive Coming" (p. 1), "New State Laws Trimming Racial Discrimination in Housing Effective This Month in New York and Massachusetts" (p. 2), "Inequality of Opportunities by Negroes Reason for Evidence of Their Inferiority in Intelligence with Whites" (p. 3), and "1000 Paper Cranes ...
Kenjiro Kida in field (ddr-one-3-78)
img Kenjiro Kida in field (ddr-one-3-78)
Black and white photograph of Kenjiro Kida standing next to a sapling in a field. Above his head is written "Kida" in red ink. On the back is written "Kenjiro Kida" in pencil.
Miyuki
img Miyuki "Kay" Kida (ddr-one-3-131)
One copy of a color studio portrait photograph of Miyuki "Kay" Kida taken in celebration of her 89th birthday. Inscribed on the back "#11."
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