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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Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-53)
Yellowed envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama in Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, in Minidoka. Envelope is postmarked Apr 23, 1943, with “Internee of War/Free Mail” handwritten in the upper right corner. Written in red pencil is "5/4/43." Along the left edge of the envelope is clear tape with the number 389, and on ...
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-23)
One cent postcard addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked Aug 28, 1942. Below the postmark “Sept 1 1942,” is written in red pencil. On the left side of the postcard is a purple "Censored" stamp. The message on the back of the postcard ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-71)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Santa Fe Detention Station from his wife, Teru Koyama, at Minidoka. Postmarked Sep 13, 1943. In place of postage, “Internee of War/Free Mail” is written in the upper right corner. Along the top “9/20-43” is written in red pencil. Inside the envelope is a letter dated Sept 12, 1943. ...
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-13)
Postcard addressed to Dr. Keizabruo Koyama at Fort Sill from his wife, Teru Koyama, at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked May 15, 1942. Dated May 14, 1942. On the back Teru writes Kei asking if he needs more clothes, and that she had stored their belongs with Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough. She describes the food at ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from R. Maeda (ddr-one-5-54)
Yellowed envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama in Camp Livingston from R. Maeda at Minidoka. The envelope is postmarked April 28, 1943. Along the top of the envelope is "5/11-43" written in red pencil. Along the left edge of the envelope is clear tape that has the number 149 printed on it. The tape wraps around ...
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Eva Koyama (ddr-one-5-11)
Front of one cent postcard is addressed to Dr. K. Koyama at Fort Sill from his daughter Eva Koyama at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked May 11, 1942. On the back of the postcard Eva writes about the family and first few days at the Portland Assembly Center. Dated May 7, 1942.
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-14)
White air mail envelope with a red, white and blue border. The envelope is addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Fort Sill from his wife, Teru Koyama, at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked May 25, 1942. On the left side of the envelope, written in pencil, is “Censored 5/31/42” with initials below. Inside the envelope is ...
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-60)
One cent postcard addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Santa Fe Dentention Station from his wife, Teru Koyama, at Minidoka. Postmarked Jul 16, 1943. On the left side of the postcard is an "Examined" stamp signed "25-3." The message on the back of the postcard is dated July 16, 1943. Teru writes to tell Kei about ...
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-27)
One cent postcard addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked Sep 1, 1942, with a 6 cent airmail stamp. On the left side of the postcard are two purple stamps; one is an air mail stamp and the second is a "Censored" stamp. On ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama and Miriam Kiyo Koyama (ddr-one-5-22)
Yellowed envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama in Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, in the Portland Assembly Center. The envelope is postmarked August 24, 1942, and is stamped "VIA AIR MAIL" over the postmark. Written in blue pencil under the postage stamp is “Aug 23, 1942.” Written below the address in blue pencil is ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough (ddr-one-5-25)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama in Camp Livingston from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough in Portland. Postmarked Aug 31, 1942. On the left side of the envelope is a purple "Censored" stamp. Inside the envelope was a newspaper clipping about Boy Scout Troop at the Portland Assembly Center. William Koyama's name ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-58)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Santa Fe Dentention Station from his wife, Teru Koyama, at Minidoka. Postmarked Jun 22, 1943. In the upper center “6/28-43” is written in red pencil. Inside the envelope was a letter, in the center of the header is an "Examined" stamp. In the letter Teru writes about being apart ...
A unsent and unfinished postcard (ddr-one-5-44)
doc A unsent and unfinished postcard (ddr-one-5-44)
One cent postcard addressed to William K. Koyama at Minidoka from Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston. Postcard has no postmark indicating it was never mailed. On the backside is an incomplete birthday message to his son William Koyama dated Nov. 12, 1942.
Large group of men and women take a group photo in front of a camp building (ddr-densho-362-53)
img Large group of men and women take a group photo in front of a camp building (ddr-densho-362-53)
Large group of men, women, and children gathered together for a group photo in front of a camp building. A Japanese caption appears on the front of the photograph.
Four young girls and a woman with an umbrella (ddr-densho-362-33)
img Four young girls and a woman with an umbrella (ddr-densho-362-33)
Four young girls and a woman with an umbrella stand sideways in a row in an open field.
Large group picture in front of a camp building (ddr-densho-362-8)
img Large group picture in front of a camp building (ddr-densho-362-8)
A large group of men, women, and children pose together in front of a Heart Mountain building. Japanese text appears on the front of the photo.
Group photo of two women, one man, and a young girl in open field (ddr-densho-362-37)
img Group photo of two women, one man, and a young girl in open field (ddr-densho-362-37)
Two women, one man, and a young girl stand in a row for a group photo in an open field. Both women wear white dresses.
Japanese American family (ddr-densho-362-2)
img Japanese American family (ddr-densho-362-2)
A family sits on a building's ledge for a family group photo. An open field and a mountain are in the background.
Group photo of Japanese American family (ddr-densho-362-40)
img Group photo of Japanese American family (ddr-densho-362-40)
A family sitting on a building's ledge poses for a family picture. An open field and a mountain are in the background.
Large group of men and women in front of a camp building (ddr-densho-362-29)
img Large group of men and women in front of a camp building (ddr-densho-362-29)
A large group of men and women gather in front of a building for a group photo. Japanese writing is on the front of the photograph.
Six Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-362-18)
img Six Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-362-18)
Six individuals consisting of two men, three women, and a child stand together for a group photo.
Japanese American man and woman stand together (ddr-densho-362-51)
img Japanese American man and woman stand together (ddr-densho-362-51)
A man wearing a suit and a woman wearing a coat pose together near a wire fence.
Japanese American children and school teachers (ddr-densho-362-52)
img Japanese American children and school teachers (ddr-densho-362-52)
Group picture of 27 school children and 10 female teachers. Marie Coon is in the first row, 3rd child from the left.
Japanese American men and women wear aprons/ uniforms (ddr-densho-362-6)
img Japanese American men and women wear aprons/ uniforms (ddr-densho-362-6)
Nineteen men and women wear aprons/ uniforms in a group photo. Those in the front row kneel while the rest stand. A building appears in the background.
Japanese American women wearing aprons (ddr-densho-362-9)
img Japanese American women wearing aprons (ddr-densho-362-9)
A large group of women wearing aprons/ uniforms gather together to pose for a photograph in front of a building.
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