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 (741)

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Kamie Taenaka, Totsugawa (ddr-csujad-25-153)
img Kamie Taenaka, Totsugawa (ddr-csujad-25-153)
A photograph of Kamie Taenaka and her relatives in Japan. Most likely taken in Totsugawa, Japan. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_025
Japanese American community in Los Angeles, California (ddr-csujad-25-267)
img Japanese American community in Los Angeles, California (ddr-csujad-25-267)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are seven photographs including the Taenaka family and the Japanese American community in Los Angeles, California. Three of the photographs capture a group of Japanese American women in kimono. The photographs are taken around 1930. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese ...
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-293)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-293)
A page from a photo album including Japanese family photographs. Men and children are included. The photographs were most likely taken in the early 1900s. Location is unknown. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_10_01_001
Issei sitting outside (ddr-densho-259-276)
img Issei sitting outside (ddr-densho-259-276)
Three unidentified Issei men and one woman sitting outside and eating.
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-437)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-437)
Black and white photographic print of two Obon dancers in costume, Mrs. Okayama is holding an "uchiwa" (fan), Yukiye Itoyama is holding a "tenugui" (light cotton towel). Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community. Negative ONLC 3131 (ddr-one-1-312).
Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-280)
img Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-280)
Black and white photographic negative of Fukiyo Masuda smiling for the camera at Obon. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-312)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-312)
Black and white photographic negative of two Obon dancers in costume, Mrs. Okayama is holding an "uchiwa" (fan), Yukiye Itoyama is holding a tenugui (light cotton towel). Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community. Original print ONLC 3261 (ddr-one-1-437).
Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-232)
img Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-232)
Black and white photographic negative of Harue Akiyama, the Obon dance instructor, posing for camera wearing straw hat. 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 image was taken at Holladay Park in Portland, Oregon.
Miyuki
img Miyuki "Kay" Kida and George Kida (ddr-one-3-81)
Color studio portrait photograph of Kay and her son George Kida taken in celebration of her 89th birthday. From left to right: Miyuki "Kay" Kida and George Kida.
Miyuki
img Miyuki "Kay" Kida in front of her home (ddr-one-3-121)
Color photograph of Miyuki "Kay" Kida and a relative visiting from Japan standing in front of her home in Pucker Huddle in White Salmon, Washington.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 14 (October 6, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-40)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 14 (October 6, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-40)
Selected article titles: "Fair Housing Law Ruled Invalid" (p. 1), "Japan Movie Studio to Film Struggles of Issei Immigrants on Hawaii Plantations" (p. 1), "Step-Up of Minority Hiring in Industry Viewed as Answer to Soviet Propaganda" (p. 2), and "U.S.-Japan Forging Stronger Links in Joint Economic, Cultural Affairs" (p. 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 7 (August 18, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-33)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 7 (August 18, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-33)
Selected article titles: "Column Left: Nisei Week Festival' (p. 1), "Four More Contribute $1,000 Each to Issei Story; General Push Later" (p. 1), "New San Francisco Japanese Consul Gen'l. Welcomed 'Home' at Community Function' (p. 2), and "'Panel of Americans' Discuss Role of Collegians Before NC-WNDC" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 6 (August 11, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-32)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 6 (August 11, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-32)
Selected article titles: "JACL Urges Vested Property Bill Be Reported by House" (p. 1), "Northwest Picture: 12th Seafair Sails into Sunset" (p. 2), and "PSWDC Delegates Hear Progress Report of Issei Story Project, Simple Questionnaires for Issei Made Available" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 52, No. 11 (March 17, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-11)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 52, No. 11 (March 17, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-11)
Selected article titles: "Vagaries: 'Issei Story' Prospects" (p. 1) and "Two Tourney Records Broken at San Jose" (pp. 1, 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 52, No. 1 (January 6, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-1)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 52, No. 1 (January 6, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-1)
Selected article titles: "PC with Membership Starts Today with 10,000 Circulation" (p. 1), "Column Left: JACL History Project: Issei Story" (pp. 2, 4), "Tokyo Topics: New Ikeda Cabinet Organized, Not Likely to Last; Socialist Mission Called 'Joke'" (p. 3), and "Living with JACL: The 1929 Conference" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 68, No. 21 (May 23, 1969) (ddr-pc-41-21)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 68, No. 21 (May 23, 1969) (ddr-pc-41-21)
Select article titles: "JACL firms commemoration of Centennial" (p. 1); " Racist strategy charged in Noguchi hearing" (p. 1); "JACL to Honor Nisei War Dead of Three Wars in May 25 Service" (p. 1); "San Francisco supervisory board adopts Title II repeal resolution" (p. 3)
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 7 (August 15,1969) (ddr-pc-41-33)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 7 (August 15,1969) (ddr-pc-41-33)
Select article titles: "Support for Title II repeal mounts, Richmond joins" (p. 1); "Noguchi Case spawns tremors" (p. 1); "Wakamatsu commemorative coins to be given to all Issei, 80 and up" (p.1).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 13 (September 26,1969) (ddr-pc-41-39)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 13 (September 26,1969) (ddr-pc-41-39)
Select article titles: "Future of Japanese Ethnic churches in L.A. studied" (p. 1); "Seattle Issei Complain Lack of Police Action(p.1); "40,000 witness Japan week's civic parade" (p. 3); "Concentration Camp" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Supplement to 1974 Holiday Issue (December 20-27, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-51)
doc Pacific Citizen, Supplement to 1974 Holiday Issue (December 20-27, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-51)
Supplement to 1974 holiday issue. Selected article titles: "Issei as Technical Advisers to Japan" (pp. 1, 10), "'42 Hysteria Led to Concentration Camps" (pp. 1, 3), "U.S.-Canada Nikkei Alliance Urged" (pp. 1, 11), and "National Constitution Japanese American Citizens League" (pp. 8-9).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 89, No. 2056 (August 17, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-32)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 89, No. 2056 (August 17, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-32)
Selected article titles: "Issei Naturalization Class Reactivating" (p. 1), "Job Bias Cases by Japanese Firms in U.S. Viewed" (p. 1), "Assemblyman Mori's Day of Remembrance Bill Signed" (p. 1), and "Question and Answer Fact Sheet: Didn't Pearl Harbor Justify Your Detention?" (pp. 5, 7).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2031 (February 23, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-7)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2031 (February 23, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-7)
Selected article titles: "S.I. Would Back Efforts to Undo Curfew Rulings" (p. 1), "'College Nisei' Update Calling on Evacuees Not Questioned Before" (p. 2), "Calif. Legislature Condemns EO 9066" (p. 3), and "From the Frying Pan: Florida's Issei Colony" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 89, No. 2069 (November 16, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-45)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 89, No. 2069 (November 16, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-45)
Selected article titles: "Nisei Know 'First Hand' Agonies of Hostages in Iran" (p. 1), "NHK 'Story of America' Tells Drama of Issei-Nisei-Sansei" (p. 1), "A Background Report: Japan-U.S. Friendship Act: Continued from Last Week" (p. 4), and "YE Editor's Desk: Mexican Nikkei" (p. 4).
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