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. 89, No. 2066 (October 26, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-42)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 89, No. 2066 (October 26, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-42)
Selected article titles: "Seattle Calls Off Pilgrimage to Minidoka Campsite" (p. 1), "Issei Had Ventured into Yukon Before '98 Klondike Gold Rush" (p. 1), "Peppermint Whirl: Factors in Aging" (pp. 4, 7), and "PNWDC Urges Japanese Americans Be Named to Redress Commission" (p. 6).
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. 2042 (May 11, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-18)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2042 (May 11, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-18)
Selected article titles: "JACL Hosts Congressional Reception on Heritage Week" (pp. 1, 11), "$9,000 Raised for Washington Post Ad Addressed to Sen. Hayakawa" (pp. 1, 11), "Hiroshima Medical Team Back in U.S. to Check on Hibakusha" (p. 3), and "Substance Determining Sex in Embryo Discovered by Ohno" (p. 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2028 (February 2, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-4)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2028 (February 2, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-4)
Selected article titles: "Tight-Spending Pressure Still Straps JACL Programming" (pp. 1-2 ), "First Friday Feature: Moving Day, 1918" (pp. 3, 10), "Chiaroscuro: Politics: A Matter of Heritage" (p. 6), and "Japan Decorates Issei Master Teaching Ikebana for 57 Years" (p. 8).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No.2036 (March 30, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-12)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No.2036 (March 30, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-12)
Selected article titles: "Mineta at Univ. of Michigan: New Generation of Americans Need to Be Told" (p. 1), "Dr. Makio Murayama: Study on Oral Intake of Urea Urged for Sickle Cell Treatment" (p. 3), "East Wind: Divorce: Issei Style (None)" (pp. 5, 8), and "Judge Acquits Suspect in Nishizaki Murder" (p. 8).
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).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 8 (February 26, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-8)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 8 (February 26, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-8)
Selected article titles: "'Reagan's Raids': People or Numbers" (pp. 1, 8), "JACL Now Preparing for 3-Year Redress Campaign" (pp. 1, 10), "East Wind: Issei Principles" (p. 5), and "Moshi-Moshi: Samrai Without Mystique--Kabu" (p. 12).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 10 (September 3, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-35)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 10 (September 3, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-35)
Selected article titles: "Revised WW2 History Becomes Japanese Foreign Policy Issue" (pp. 1, 8), "Lobbying Effort Sought to Keep 5th Preference in Immigrant Law" (pp. 1, 8), "After 40 Yrs., Fresno Bee Takes New Stand on WW2 Evacuation" (p. 2), and "From Happy Valley: In Praise of Issei Women" (p. 4).
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. 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).
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. 108, No. 20 (May 26, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-20)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 108, No. 20 (May 26, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-20)
Selected article titles: "Nakanishi May Pursue Other Legal Avenues" (pp. 1-2), "Historic Focus on Japanese Women: Museum Embarks on Oral History Project as Backdrop for Photos from 3 Generations" (pp. 2, 8), and "In Recognition of Quality Medical Care, Despite Hardship and Race Prejudice: Nisei Physicians: Fujikawa, Shigekawa, Yamazaki" (pp. 4-5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 11 (March 23, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-11)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 11 (March 23, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-11)
Select article titles: "An Address from JACL-LEC Legislative Strategy Chair"(p.1);"Asian Pacific Municipal Officials Caucus Holds Workshop on Black/Asian Relations"(p.1);"Sakura Grove Dedicated as Memorial to Walerga Assembly Center"(p.2); "70% Increase in Asian/Pacific People from 1980 to 1988 Due to Immigration"(p.3); "San Francisco's Boy Scout Troop 12, Among U.S.'s Oldest, Founded by Issei"(p.8).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 13 (April 6, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-13)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 13 (April 6, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-13)
Select article titles: "U.S. Census Hears Asian Concerns"(p.1);"JACL Calls for Repeal of Discriminatory Employer Sanctions in Immigration Law"(p.1); "San Jose Japantown Seizes Unique Opportunity for Revitalization of Businesses & Community Life"(p.2); "Common Memorial to Restore Pioneer Issei History on Vancouver Island Planned for 1991"(p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 4 (February 2, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-4)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 4 (February 2, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-4)
Select article titles: "Chinese Immigration Relief Act Veto Sustained; Bush's Executive Order Rules"(p.1); "Study of JACL's Actions During WWII Due for April Presentation"(p.1); "Sen Nishiyama Compares Heritage and Human Rights in U.S.-Japan Relations at Selanoco Fete"(p.3); "Issei History of U.S. in Agriculture"(p.6).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 6 (February 16, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-6)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 6 (February 16, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-6)
Select article titles: "NBC Sportscaster Apologizes for Racial Slurs in S.F. Talk Show"(p.1);"Spokane Spokesman Review, Nikkei Elders to Be Honored; Nakagawa, Ujifusa to Speak"(p.1);"Hate Crimes Stats Bill Passes Senate"(p.3); "Texas Issei Farms in Rio Grande Valley Succeed Except the 'Yamato Colony'"(p.5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 7 (February 23, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-7)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 7 (February 23, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-7)
Select article titles: "Mineta Keynotes Chicago's Lunar New Year Banquet"(p.1); "Gubernatorial Candidate Asked to Apologize"(p.1); "Carlos Kasuga Urges PANA-USA Nikkei to Keep Faith with Issei Spirit and Values"(p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 122, No. 11 (June 7-20, 1996) (ddr-pc-68-11)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 122, No. 11 (June 7-20, 1996) (ddr-pc-68-11)
Selected article titles: "Board-Approved Budget Places Priority on District Allocations" (p. 1), "From JACL: PSW Condemns California Civil Rights Initiative as 'Deceptive'" (p. 3), "ORA Reports on Redress Payments, Eligibility Requirements" (p. 4), and "East Wind: Nisei Military Service: WWII" (pp. 8, 11).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 123, No. 11 (December, 1996) (ddr-pc-68-23)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 123, No. 11 (December, 1996) (ddr-pc-68-23)
Holiday issue organized into sections A 1-18, B 1-80, and A 19-40. Selected article titles: "Comfort in the Changing Face of Asian America" (pp. A8, A15), "Bleaching the Issei and Nisei: Threats to Identity and Memory in the Third Millennium" (pp. A12, A15), "Towards a New Millennium Without Colonies" (B2-B3, B6), and "The Millennium: A History ...
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- 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 (ddr-one-1-295)
img Obon Festival (ddr-one-1-295)
Black and white photographic negative of two unidentified Japanese women in western style clothing with "tenugui" (light cotton towels) around their necks. They are holding "uchiwa" (fan) posing for the camera indoors. 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-1-251)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-251)
Black and white photographic negative of five Obon dancers posing for camera in front of trees. First from the left: Kaoru Funatake, fifth from left: Masano Hachiya Yamasaki. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-370)
img Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-370)
Black and white photographic negative of Ben Kasubuchi eating a piece of chicken at a picnic table at a community picnic at Viking Park hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple).
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-640)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-640)
Black and white photographic negative of an Issei couple standing behind a set table at a wedding reception posing for the camera.
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