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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A group in front of a house (ddr-densho-353-33)
img A group in front of a house (ddr-densho-353-33)
Shoichiro Katsuno at Pontiac (now the Windermere/Sand Point area) Written on back: "House built by Mr. Katsuno c.1913. Paid only for glass, nails, stovepipe, all the wood was free for clearing the land, knew how to make cedar shakes from work in sawmill earlier."
Portrait of a woman and children (ddr-densho-353-30)
img Portrait of a woman and children (ddr-densho-353-30)
Captioned: "A Japanese female domestic and her charges."
Family of Alfred Eijiro Tatsumi (ddr-densho-353-201)
img Family of Alfred Eijiro Tatsumi (ddr-densho-353-201)
Front row: June Tomae, Misao, Mrs. Tatsumi. Back row: Albert, Walter, Henry, Jiro, Alfred.
Portrait of a young man (ddr-densho-353-27)
img Portrait of a young man (ddr-densho-353-27)
Alfred Eijiro Tatsumi. Photo taken at Judkins Studio, on 2nd and Columbia.
Family in front of house (ddr-densho-353-24)
img Family in front of house (ddr-densho-353-24)
Mr. and Mrs. Kenji Mori with their first child, in front of their first home in Mukilteo.
Sawaye Mukai and her friends (ddr-densho-353-199)
img Sawaye Mukai and her friends (ddr-densho-353-199)
Captioned: "Sawaye Mukai and her friends welcoming Mrs. Horita to the U.S."
Men and women in front of sawmill (ddr-densho-353-22)
img Men and women in front of sawmill (ddr-densho-353-22)
Mukilteo sawmill. Caption in album: "Japanese sawmill workers greet a new bride."
Japanese American men (ddr-densho-325-320)
img Japanese American men (ddr-densho-325-320)
Hisa's father, Junichi Nimura, and Mr. Goto. Written on back of photograph "Mr. Goto Papa Nov. 1947 Weimar Calif."
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"
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