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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Six Japanese Americans at railroad crossing (ddr-densho-362-42)
img Six Japanese Americans at railroad crossing (ddr-densho-362-42)
Two men, two women and two girls gather together near train tracks for a group photo.
Portrait of man (ddr-densho-359-594)
img Portrait of man (ddr-densho-359-594)
Caption beneath the photograph in the album "Mr. K. Kawamoto 1929"
Kawamoto family (ddr-densho-359-209)
img Kawamoto family (ddr-densho-359-209)
The members of the Kawamoto family pose for a family photograph. The caption in the album lists the members in the family in the back row from left to right "Joe, Papa [Kaichi], Mama [Itsuno], Jeanette" and the front row from left to right "Pauline, Alice".
Parents and son (ddr-densho-359-211)
img Parents and son (ddr-densho-359-211)
Kaichi and Itsuno Kawamoto pose in front of a tractor while Joe Kawamoto sits in the driver's seat of the tractor.
Issei couple (ddr-densho-359-423)
img Issei couple (ddr-densho-359-423)
Kaichi and Itsuno Kawamoto pose outside a building.
Japanese Americans in front of house (ddr-densho-359-250)
img Japanese Americans in front of house (ddr-densho-359-250)
From left to right Alice, Shigeko, May, Nabashima, Itami, Papa [Kaichi], Joe, Smith
Issei couple (ddr-densho-359-433)
img Issei couple (ddr-densho-359-433)
Kaichi and Itsuno Kawamoto sit by the water.
Women and children (ddr-densho-359-212)
img Women and children (ddr-densho-359-212)
The caption in the album name each person in photograph from left to right: Mama[Itsuno], Donnie, Pauline, Kenji, Shigeko
Issei couple (ddr-densho-359-470)
img Issei couple (ddr-densho-359-470)
Kaichi and Itsuno Kawamoto pose in front of a car.
Family birthday party (ddr-densho-359-215)
img Family birthday party (ddr-densho-359-215)
A group photograph at Donnie's 4th birtday party. Pictured from back to front and left to right: Mrs Hatashida, Yasuko H., Mrs Katamoto, Hideko K., Pauline, Fumiko, Mrs. Nishi, Alice, Hisako, Kenji, Yumiko, Tomiko, Bobby N.
Issei  man and women (ddr-densho-359-425)
img Issei man and women (ddr-densho-359-425)
Itsuno and Kaichi Kawamoto (middle and right) stand with an unidentified woman.
Men working on a railroad (ddr-densho-353-43)
img Men working on a railroad (ddr-densho-353-43)
Captioned: "Snoqualmie Falls crew laying railroad tracks."
Seattle Buddhist Church students (ddr-densho-353-274)
img Seattle Buddhist Church students (ddr-densho-353-274)
Captioned: "Summer 1922 - About this time English classes for Issei started."
A group of adults and children (ddr-densho-353-32)
img A group of adults and children (ddr-densho-353-32)
The Port Blakely Japanese Baptist Church's Sunday school teachers and children.
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