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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Three Issei men in a field (ddr-densho-259-538)
img Three Issei men in a field (ddr-densho-259-538)
Masuo Yasui with two unidentified Issei men, standing in a field.
Ten Issei men (ddr-densho-259-327)
img Ten Issei men (ddr-densho-259-327)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "10 Issei men, all in western attire. Location not identified, but there is a handwritten date of 1907 at the top. Around then, Masuo [Yasui] was living in Portland at either the Japanese Methodist Mission or at the home of the Caucasian attorney, for whom he worked as a houseboy."
Four Issei men in Parkdale, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-28)
img Four Issei men in Parkdale, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-28)
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."
Letter from Rose Tani to Rev. [Wendell L.] Miller, circa 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-8)
doc Letter from Rose Tani to Rev. [Wendell L.] Miller, circa 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-8)
Personal letter written from the Santa Anita Assembly Center expressing gratitude for Miller's having allowed them to store goods at his church; also thanks Miller and Reverend Clay for the lunch prepared by church members, and describes church services for Issei and for Nisei. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 84, No. 21 (June 3, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-21)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 84, No. 21 (June 3, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-21)
Selected article titles: "JACL's Reply to CRA Summons" 'Quash It!'" (p.1), "Traditional Issei Message of 'Benkyo, Benkyo' Still Effective" (p.2), "Completion of Japanese Village Plaza Project for July 1978" (p.3, 7), "Sansei Youth Not 'Turned Off' to JACL" (p.4), "Reconciliation 1977 Style" (p.5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 18 (October 28, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-42)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 18 (October 28, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-42)
Selected article titles: "Nikkei Approval of Multi-Ethnic Complex on Tap" (p.1, 3), "Funding for Eastbay Issei Housed Asked" (p.1), "Anti-Nisei Smear Activated Pauling's Social Crusades" (p.1), "Senate Passes Hawaiian Native Claims Measure" (p.2), "East West Players Open Season" (p.2), "Road Out of the Tule Lake" (p.8).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 12 (September 16, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-36)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 12 (September 16, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-36)
Selected article titles: "Judge Cites Residency Law in Hawaii 'Unconstitutional'" (p.1-2), "Sansei Slain in S.F. Chinatown Restaurant" (p.1, 3), "The Okubo-Yamada Case: Seven Years Later" (p.1), "Tax Credit Proposed as Reparations" (p.3), "San Francisco Kimochi Seeks Issei 'Board and Care' Home" (p.7).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 27 (December 23-30, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-50)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 27 (December 23-30, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-50)
Selected article titles: "Jappan-United States Friendship Act Lacks Nikkei Participation" (p.37), "Mandate of 1976 JACL Convention Being Carried Out at Snail's Pace" (p.38, 40), "East West Players, Asian American Actors Group, Now in 13th Season" (p.41), "Interracial Marriages" (p.44-46), "My Sansei Son" (p.50), "Little Tokyo Towers, Home of Happy Issei" (p.52-53), "Asian Americans in Media, They …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 10 (September 2, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-34)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 10 (September 2, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-34)
Selected article titles: "JACL Issei Center Receives $40,000 in CETA Funds" (p.1, 3), "Cordova Board Fails to Censure Chairman" (p.1), "Test Census Added to Cover Chinatown in Lower Manhattan" (p.2), "Discover Some Issei Unaware of Supplemental Security Income" (p.2), "'Bigamist,' Nisei Style" (p.5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 89, No. 2072 (December 7, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-48)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 89, No. 2072 (December 7, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-48)
Selected article titles: "Commission-Approach Ideally Suited for Internment Experience" (pp. 1, 3), "Federal Ombudsman Proposed for All Iranians" (p. 1), "Useful Function of S 1649/HR 5499" (p. 4), and "West Wind: 'Hito Hata: Raise the Banner' a Surprise Hit" (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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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).
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