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  man and women (ddr-densho-359-425)
img Issei man and women (ddr-densho-359-425)
Itsuno and Kaichi Kawamoto (middle and right) stand with an unidentified woman.
Men working on a railroad (ddr-densho-353-43)
img Men working on a railroad (ddr-densho-353-43)
Captioned: "Snoqualmie Falls crew laying railroad tracks."
Seattle Buddhist Church students (ddr-densho-353-274)
img Seattle Buddhist Church students (ddr-densho-353-274)
Captioned: "Summer 1922 - About this time English classes for Issei started."
A group of adults and children (ddr-densho-353-32)
img A group of adults and children (ddr-densho-353-32)
The Port Blakely Japanese Baptist Church's Sunday school teachers and children.
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."
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