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.

Issei (309)

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Issei man in Los Angeles (ddr-densho-242-34)
img Issei man in Los Angeles (ddr-densho-242-34)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "Kumezo Hatchimonji - age 65 Los Angeles. Died 1956 Niland, Calif."
Seven Issei men in suits (ddr-densho-259-196)
img Seven Issei men in suits (ddr-densho-259-196)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Hood River Issei, from left to right: Kozo Karasawa, Yoshitomo Kyono, Ikutaro Takagi, Kamematsu Norimatsu and [Renichi Fujimoto]. I can't identify the two men who are crouching in the front."
Three Issei men in a field (ddr-densho-259-538)
img Three Issei men in a field (ddr-densho-259-538)
Masuo Yasui with two unidentified Issei men, standing in a field.
Four Issei men in Parkdale, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-28)
img Four Issei men in Parkdale, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-28)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Masuo Yasui] standing with 3 other Issei men on what appears to be a lawn. Since Tadao Sato is one of the men, and he's the only one wearing farm work clothes, I will guess that the others came to visit him at his orchard, which was in Parkdale."
Gathering of Issei men (ddr-densho-259-445)
img Gathering of Issei men (ddr-densho-259-445)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A gathering of a large group of Issei men, sitting and standing in a grassy meadow. There is an American flag prominently displayed and there are unidentifiable steamers on tall poles The tall bluff in the left background reminds me of what the area immediately to the west of Koberg's Beach ...
Group of Issei and Nisei in front of barrack (ddr-densho-310-2)
img Group of Issei and Nisei in front of barrack (ddr-densho-310-2)
Ichikawa family in front of their barrack at Minidoka concentration camp. Also pictured are family friends, Yahachi Suzuki and Mr. Hino. (Front Row, left to right) Akira Ichikawa, Hiroko Ichikawa (Back Row, left to right) Satoru Ichikawa, Mr. Hino, Etsuko Ichikawa, Yasashi Ichikawa, Shinya Ichikawa (In Yasahi's arms), Kazuya Ichikawa, Noriko Ichikawa, Yahachi Suzuki
Page of Hisa Nimura Horiuchi Scrapbook (ddr-densho-325-4)
img Page of Hisa Nimura Horiuchi Scrapbook (ddr-densho-325-4)
Photographs of Hisa's kindergarten class in Florin, California. Ms. Whilhite also includes the history of Hisa's family.
Mother and son (ddr-densho-325-305)
img Mother and son (ddr-densho-325-305)
Sumito Horiuchi poses with his mother. Written on back of photograph "Nov. '47"
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 18 (May 3, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-18)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 18 (May 3, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-18)
Select article titles: "Congressional hearings end on use of temporary Japanese farm labor" (p. 1); "Congressmen to support JACL Nat'l TV protest" (p. 1); "Active Chicagoan Mike Hagiwara dies unexpectedly" (p. 1); "Denver TV stations promis no showing of anti-Nisei films" (p. 1); "Parents of grade school pupils urged to protest use of 'Firelight Reader ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 23 (June 7, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-23)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 23 (June 7, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-23)
Select article titles: "26,000 Japanese War Brides in U.S. Group Told" (p. 1); "Senate Committee Amends Claims Supplemental Appropriation Bill" (p.1 ); "Non-profit groups listed for 1st time as claim awardees" (p. 1); "JACL participates in Memorial Day Rites at Arlington Cemetery; sagging Nisei interest in war dead scored by D.C. JACLers" (p ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 15 (October 11, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-41)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 15 (October 11, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-41)
Select article titles: "U.S. Supreme Court Reconvenes, JACL Interested in Three Cases" (p. 1); "40,000 Filipinos in California prospering; race problems minimized" (p. 1); "Percentage of Nisei Marrying Into Other Racial Groups Increasing Over Past Decade in Hawaii" (p. 2); "Army installation named for Nisei hero" (p. 7); "Apathy Toward Sacrifices of Nisei GIs ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 14 (October 4, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-40)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 14 (October 4, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-40)
Select article titles: "JACL stand on U.S.-Japan argued" (p. 1); "Negro, Japanese in U.S. compared" (p. 1); "JACL files 'amicus' brief supporting Issei in escheal case new in appeal court" (p. 3); "Traditional CL 'hands-off' policy voiced" (p. 5); "Lack of Japanese community media may be good sign, says new Mile-Hi editor" (p ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 20 (May 17, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-20)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 20 (May 17, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-20)
Select article titles: "Permanment Stay Offered Skilled Japanese on Temporary Visa" (p. 1); "Curriculum body acts on CL protest of 'Fuzz Young' story" (p. 1); "Claims payment appropriations up for endorsment" (p. 1); "Los Angeles-born Nisei successful in transition to life in Detroit circles" (p. 1); "Calif. pension bill passes Assembly" (p. 1); "Japanese Americans Among ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 17 (October 25, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-43)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 17 (October 25, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-43)
Select article titles: "Cemetery Sued. Refuses to Bury Child of Negro" (p. 1); "Supreme Court smashes another Southern attempt to block school desegregation" (p. 1); "Problem of internment of Japanese reported nil" (p. 1); "First Nisei International Convention opens in Tokyo; Kishi welcomes 500 delegates, hopes Nisei can help link nations" (p. 1); "Minority bias in ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 26 (June 28, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-26)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 26 (June 28, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-26)
Select article titles: "Administration Civil Rights Bill On Senate Calendar; Fight Looms" (p. 1); "Congress Sends Claims Pay Bill To White House" (p. 1); "Supreme Court asks for new arguments in expatriation case" (p. 1); "Gakuen dissolved, set up scholarship" (p. 1); "Protest Use Of Vested Funds For School Purposes" (p. 2); "Nisei judge warns against ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 2 (July 12, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-28)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 2 (July 12, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-28)
Select article titles: "House group recommends temp'y farm labor plan be continued: 'No ill effects' on domestic labor market recorded" (p. 1); "JACL Campaign Against Anti-Nisei Films on TV Circularized by NARBT" (p. 1); "Small Claims Court Hears Civil Right Cases" (p. 1); "$86,550 damage suit filed in traffic death of Sakamoto" (p. 1 ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 21 (November 25, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-47)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 21 (November 25, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-47)
Select article titles: "Yen deposit repay ruling reversed by gov't director" (p. 1); "Special session asked to consider civil rights issues" (p. 2); "Issei appreciation" (p. 7); "Pre-exam method to alter alien status widened" (p. 8); "Suspension of deportation applications being accepted" (p. 8).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 21 (November 24, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-47)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 21 (November 24, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-47)
Selected article titles: "42 Restaurants Along Hwy. 40 Ends Race Bias" (pp. 1, 3), "150 Fresno Area Issei Honored by JACL, Hear Yoshimura Report on 'Issei Story'" (p. 1), "'How Much Nipponese Culture Should We Teach Children?' Revives Memories of Roaring '20 Days of Yesler Way Hall" (p. 3), and "Adopted Children from Japan Picking Up ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 78, No. 20 (May 24, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-20)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 78, No. 20 (May 24, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-20)
Selected article titles: "Priorities: Issei History" (p. 1), "Public Protest Made in Sentencing of Asian Youth, 16, to State Prison" (p. 1), and "Washington Newsletter: Mineta's Bid for Congress" (pp. 2-3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 68, No. 24 (June 13, 1969) (ddr-pc-41-24)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 68, No. 24 (June 13, 1969) (ddr-pc-41-24)
Select article titles: "Wakamatsu Colony Dedication: A Once-in-a-lifetime Inspiration" (p. 1); "Matsunaga-Holifield bill to repeal Title 2" (p. 1); "PNWDC calls young adults to attend organizational session at Hood River" (p. 1); "U.S. Supreme Court Rules on 3 Civil Rights Cases for Negroes" (p. 2); "TV Coverage of Seattle Students in Action Overdone" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 23 (December 05,1969) (ddr-pc-41-49)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 23 (December 05,1969) (ddr-pc-41-49)
Select article titles: "Central Cal DC steps up Title II repeal campaign" (p. 1); "Minn. Issei pioneers given Centennial coin" (p. 1); "New York Asians picket FBI against Hoover comments" (p.1); "Okinawa Reversion Approved" (p. 2); "Is the JACL Dead?" (p. 3).
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