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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[Okines' relatives, chrysanthemum flowers] (ddr-csujad-5-60)
img [Okines' relatives, chrysanthemum flowers] (ddr-csujad-5-60)
A black and white negative. Photographed are probably the Okines' relatives standing in a greenhouse of chrysanthemum flowers. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_06_014
[Seiichi Okine?, fishing] (ddr-csujad-5-23)
img [Seiichi Okine?, fishing] (ddr-csujad-5-23)
A photograph of two Japanese men holding fishing rods. Right is probably Seiichi Okine. Includes fish that they caught. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_05_007
Letter from Miyuki Matsuura to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, February 17, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-201)
doc Letter from Miyuki Matsuura to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, February 17, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-201)
A letter from Miyuki Matsuura to her uncle and aunt, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. She informs that her family is doing well and Fumiko works as a translator. She also mentions that she sent to the relatives in Japan the photographs that they took together. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
[Photograph of the Okine family] (ddr-csujad-5-320)
[Photograph of the Okine family] (ddr-csujad-5-320)
Photographed are Makoto, Hatsuno Hotty, Seiichi, Masao, Dorothy Ai, and Tomeyo Okine standing in front of their car which was purchased before the forced removal and incarceration. The handwritten notes on the backside read: Taken by [Jokichi] Yamanaka on June 28, 1941 [in Japanese]. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 5. See …
[Seiichi Okine, chrysanthemum flowers] (ddr-csujad-5-42)
[Seiichi Okine, chrysanthemum flowers] (ddr-csujad-5-42)
A photograph of Japanese and Japanese Americans taken in the chrysanthemum flower field. Stamped on the backside: Kodacolor print made by Eastman Kodak Company, T.M. Regis. U.S. Pat. Off., week of Nov. 5, 1951. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_05_027
[Japanese men on a bridge] (ddr-csujad-5-44)
img [Japanese men on a bridge] (ddr-csujad-5-44)
A photograph of two Japanese men on a bridge. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_05_030
Letter from Y. Fujii to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, May 24, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-204)
doc Letter from Y. Fujii to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, May 24, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-204)
A letter from Yosokichi Fujii, a former incarceree in the Heart Mountain incarceration camp, Wyoming, to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. He gives an update of his life after leaving the camp in September 1945 and resettling in Nyssa, Oregon until May 1946. He currently works in Penryn, California in fruit production following his friends' suggestion. He …
Letter from Miyuki Matsuura to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, October 30, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-214)
doc Letter from Miyuki Matsuura to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, October 30, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-214)
A letter from Miyuki Matsuura to her uncle and aunt, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. She thanks them for the chrysanthemums they grew and sent to her. She keeps some of the flowers in her parlor and some of the flowers on Mrs. Freitas' grave. She includes updates on her work including finishing picking tomatoes and starting …
T. Okine, March [1947] (ddr-csujad-5-169)
doc T. Okine, March [1947] (ddr-csujad-5-169)
A sheet recording the name, T. Okine [Tomeyo Okine], the dates and hours in March 1947. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_02_15_006
Okine's mother (ddr-csujad-5-307)
img Okine's mother (ddr-csujad-5-307)
Photographed is Tomeyo Okine. The handwritten notes on the backside read: Whittier obachan [= Whittier's grandmother], Okine's mother [in Japanese]. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 1. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_08_001_001
Letter from Miyuki Matsuura to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, March 31, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-139)
doc Letter from Miyuki Matsuura to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, March 31, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-139)
A letter from Miyuki Matsuura to her uncle and aunt, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. In the letter, she writes about her family in Japan. She has received a letter from her family in Japan and learned about their situations. She writes about her father who suffers from flash burns because of the atomic bombing in August. …
Letters from Seiichi Okine to Naraji Okine, Masao Okine, and Jokichi Yamanaka, September 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-159)
doc Letters from Seiichi Okine to Naraji Okine, Masao Okine, and Jokichi Yamanaka, September 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-159)
Contains one envelope and three letters written by Seiichi Okine addressing his son, Masao Okine, his brother Naoji Okine, and his brother-in-law, Jokichi Yamanaka, in Japan. Those three letters are enclosed in an envelope and mailed to Masao Okine who is stationed in Japan via San Francisco by the U.S. Postal Service, but the letter is …
[Okines' relatives, chrysanthemum flowers] (ddr-csujad-5-47)
img [Okines' relatives, chrysanthemum flowers] (ddr-csujad-5-47)
A color negative. Photographed are probably the Okines' relatives, including Jokichi Yamanaka, standing in a greenhouse of chrysanthemum flowers. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_06_001
[Gift packets] (ddr-csujad-5-311)
img [Gift packets] (ddr-csujad-5-311)
Photographed are a Japanese man and a group of Japanese women with "imonbukuro" [= a gift packet to Imperial Japanese Military soldiers]. It appears that the packets are prepared by local Issei women societies to be sent to Imperial Japanese Military soldiers. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 2. See this object …
Letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, September 5, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-163)
doc Letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, September 5, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-163)
A letter from Jokichi Yamanaka in Hiroshima, Japan to his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. Jokichi writes about Masao Okine's visit to his place in Hiroshima, Japan and Masao's bringing the gifts from Seiichi and Tomeyo with him. He also writes of Masao's updates on issues in Hollister, California, where Jokichi used to run …
Tei Bukkyokai [=Given by Bukkyokai] (ddr-csujad-5-230)
Tei Bukkyokai [=Given by Bukkyokai] (ddr-csujad-5-230)
A photograph of Bukkyokai members possibly taken at the Rhower incarceration camp, Arkansas. This photograph is given by the Bukkyokai to Seiichi Okine. The date, "August 15, 1944," is recorded on the backside. This item is enclosed in an envelope, which is found in item: csudh_oki_0223. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American …
Yamanaka's place (ddr-csujad-5-318)
Yamanaka's place (ddr-csujad-5-318)
Photographed are Jokichi Yamanaka, Seiichi Okine, and Dorothy Ai Okine. The handwritten notes on the backside read: Taken at Yamanaka's place on June 28, 1941 [in Japanese]. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 5. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_08_005_001
Letter from Miyuki Matsuura to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, July 8, 1948 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-239)
doc Letter from Miyuki Matsuura to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, July 8, 1948 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-239)
A letter from Miyuki Matsuura to her uncle and aunt, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. She shares her appreciation for their visit to her place and thanks them for the gift of a pen set for her son, Shin'ichi, who is starting high school. She also describes her work picking strawberries from 6:00 AM through 5:00 PM. …
Subscription to international welfare and uplift (ddr-csujad-5-261)
doc Subscription to international welfare and uplift (ddr-csujad-5-261)
A receipt for three dollars donation made by Seiichi Okine on April 16, 1950 to the international welfare and uplift program sponsored by Seventh-Day Adventists. The receipt is issued by the Japanese Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Los Angeles, California. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_03_01_002
Letter from Morio Tanimoto to Seiichi Okine, February 18, [1945-1947] [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-286)
doc Letter from Morio Tanimoto to Seiichi Okine, February 18, [1945-1947] [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-286)
A letter from Morio Tanimoto to his relatives, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. Morio is a father of their daughter-in-law, Ayame Okine. In the letter, he thanks them for the oranges and tangerines. He includes updates on his crops: that he is finished pruning and is starting to plant seeds for grapes. See this object in the …
[Tomeyo Okine] (ddr-csujad-5-321)
img [Tomeyo Okine] (ddr-csujad-5-321)
A photograph of Tomeyo Okine posing in front of her family's car which was purchased before the forced removal and incarceration. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 5. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_08_005_004
Sam Maeda interview (ddr-csujad-6-18)
doc Sam Maeda interview (ddr-csujad-6-18)
Oral history interview with Sam Maeda. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_MAEDA_SAM
Kiichi Tange interview (ddr-csujad-6-30)
doc Kiichi Tange interview (ddr-csujad-6-30)
Oral history interview with Kiichi Tange. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_TANGE_KIICHI
Fresno West Side (ddr-csujad-8-13)
doc Fresno West Side (ddr-csujad-8-13)
Oral history interview with Mr. Nori Masuda, Mrs. Masako Inada, Mrs. Fumi Nakajima, and Mrs. Setsu Hirasuna. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Fresno West Side
Dr. Kikuo H. Taira (ddr-csujad-8-70)
doc Dr. Kikuo H. Taira (ddr-csujad-8-70)
Oral history interview with Dr. Kikuo H. Taira. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Taira, Dr Kikuo
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