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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Issei (746)

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Family picnic (ddr-densho-325-463)
img Family picnic (ddr-densho-325-463)
From left to right: Mrs. Horiuchi, Sumito Horiuchi, Hisa Nimura Horiuchi, Raymond Horiuchi, unidentified family member, Eddie Horiuchi, and unidentified family member.
Issei woman (ddr-densho-325-297)
img Issei woman (ddr-densho-325-297)
Written on back of photograph "Mrs. Horiuchi Nov '47"
Group of Issei and Nisei in front of barrack (ddr-densho-310-2)
img Group of Issei and Nisei in front of barrack (ddr-densho-310-2)
Ichikawa family in front of their barrack at Minidoka concentration camp. Also pictured are family friends, Yahachi Suzuki and Mr. Hino. (Front Row, left to right) Akira Ichikawa, Hiroko Ichikawa (Back Row, left to right) Satoru Ichikawa, Mr. Hino, Etsuko Ichikawa, Yasashi Ichikawa, Shinya Ichikawa (In Yasahi's arms), Kazuya Ichikawa, Noriko Ichikawa, Yahachi Suzuki
Issei minister and family (ddr-densho-310-4)
img Issei minister and family (ddr-densho-310-4)
Ichikawa family portrait. (Front row, left to right) Akira, Tatsuya, Shinya, Yasashi, Hiroko (Back row, left to right) Noriko, Satoru, Etsuko, Kazuya
Issei couple (ddr-densho-310-3)
img Issei couple (ddr-densho-310-3)
Issei couple Rev. Tatsuya Ichikawa and Mrs. Yasashi Ichikawa. Rev. Ichikawa was riban at Seattle Buddhist Church for many years.
Issei man in Los Angeles (ddr-densho-242-34)
img Issei man in Los Angeles (ddr-densho-242-34)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "Kumezo Hatchimonji - age 65 Los Angeles. Died 1956 Niland, Calif."
Family (ddr-densho-258-97)
img Family (ddr-densho-258-97)
Family posing outside, multiple generations, with a young man in a military uniform. Caption below: "Yukio, Shiz, Hanako, & Akira Aramaki." Inscription: "Dear One-san, Love Hanako."
Two Issei men in coats (ddr-densho-259-256)
img Two Issei men in coats (ddr-densho-259-256)
Masuo Yasui, right, with a man who may have been Taro Miyake. Caption by Homer Yasui: "Taro Miyake was the editor of a Portland, Oregon, Japanese vernacular newspaper called the Coast Times."
Four Issei men in Parkdale, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-191)
img Four Issei men in Parkdale, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-191)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Masuo Yasui] standing with 3 other Issei men on what appears to be a lawn. Since Tadao Sato is one of the men, and he's the only one wearing farm work clothes, I will guess that the others came to visit him at his orchard, which was in Parkdale."
Issei couples at Mount Hood, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-213)
img Issei couples at Mount Hood, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-213)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "I can't identify any of the 2 Issei couples who are standing in front of the old Cloud Cap Inn, which was on the northwest shoulder of Mt Hood near Cooper Spur, but I think that the guy with the bushy white moustache was a minister. It seems that our family kind …
Two Issei men sitting near Oak trees (ddr-densho-259-38)
img Two Issei men sitting near Oak trees (ddr-densho-259-38)
Two Issei men sitting on a lawn. Caption by Homer Yasui: "I would like to guess that it was taken somewhere near Oak Grove [Oregon] because of the characteristic oak trees."
Four Issei men (ddr-densho-259-30)
img Four Issei men (ddr-densho-259-30)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "4 Issei men, the left one of whom is Senichi Tomihiro of Portland. The third man from the left, is Toyoji Abe."
Gathering of Issei men (ddr-densho-259-445)
img Gathering of Issei men (ddr-densho-259-445)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A gathering of a large group of Issei men, sitting and standing in a grassy meadow. There is an American flag prominently displayed and there are unidentifiable steamers on tall poles The tall bluff in the left background reminds me of what the area immediately to the west of Koberg's Beach used …
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 40 (November 30, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-42)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 40 (November 30, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-42)
Selected article titles: "Comply with Smoking Ban at All Indoor Gatherings" (p. 1), "263 Casualties Listed from 9 Centers-WRA" (p. 2), and "Issei Volunteers to Be Accepted by U.S. Army" (p. 2).
Seven Issei men in suits (ddr-densho-259-196)
img Seven Issei men in suits (ddr-densho-259-196)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Hood River Issei, from left to right: Kozo Karasawa, Yoshitomo Kyono, Ikutaro Takagi, Kamematsu Norimatsu and [Renichi Fujimoto]. I can't identify the two men who are crouching in the front."
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.
Gidra, Vol. I, No. 7 (October 1969) (ddr-densho-297-7)
doc Gidra, Vol. I, No. 7 (October 1969) (ddr-densho-297-7)
Selected article titles: "Issei Centennial" (p. 2), "Introspect" (p. 3), "Okinawa" (p. 5), "Shhh!: A Nisei Is Speaking" (p. 6), "The Emergence of Yellow Power in America" (p. 8-9).
Letter from Alan Hunter to Wendell Miller, 27 June [circa 1942] (ddr-csujad-20-11)
av Letter from Alan Hunter to Wendell Miller, 27 June [circa 1942] (ddr-csujad-20-11)
Letter from Allan Hunter, minister of the Mt Hollywood Congregational Church regarding Miller's letters from Nisei and Issei. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WLM_01-44_05
Issei man and woman in front of a black car (ddr-densho-259-218)
img Issei man and woman in front of a black car (ddr-densho-259-218)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Issei man and woman in cloche hat standing in front of a large black car."
Issei men and a woman standing by a guard rail (ddr-densho-259-214)
img Issei men and a woman standing by a guard rail (ddr-densho-259-214)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Masuo Yasui] with 2 other Issei men and a woman [shows] the front part of what I think was our old Studebaker."
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