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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Ryo Imamura Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-27-3)
vh Ryo Imamura Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-27-3)
Issei values, community service and compassion: grandparents' ministry, caring for the children of Issei farm laborers
Lorraine Bannai Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-113-4)
vh Lorraine Bannai Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-113-4)
An exceptional experience: growing up in Gardena, California surrounded by a large Japanese American community
Lorraine Bannai Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-113-3)
vh Lorraine Bannai Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-113-3)
Influence of paternal grandparents: importance of family, generosity
Community Analysis Notes, no. 1, January 15, 1944 (ddr-csujad-2-84)
doc Community Analysis Notes, no. 1, January 15, 1944 (ddr-csujad-2-84)
Titled as: From a Nisei who said "No." Account by an unnamed Community Analyst at Manzanar of the "life experience and viewpoints" influencing a young man's "No" response to the Army registration form's Question 28. The account stems from the analyst's notes, reproduced verbatim, from an exchange between the young man and the Hearing Board authorized ...
Tomeyo Okine (ddr-csujad-5-6)
img Tomeyo Okine (ddr-csujad-5-6)
A photograph of Tomeyo Okine, smiling on a chair. There is a pencil signature under this photograph, most likely from the photographer, Takumi Ono. A note on the folder reads: c. 1958, Tomeyo Okine. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_03_001a
[Photograph of the Okine family] (ddr-csujad-5-319)
[Photograph of the Okine family] (ddr-csujad-5-319)
Photographed are Makoto, Seiichi, and Masao Okine standing in front of their car which was purchased before the forced removal and incarceration. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 5. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_08_005_002
[Account book] (ddr-csujad-5-68)
doc [Account book] (ddr-csujad-5-68)
Pages from an account book which probably belongs to Seiichi Okine. Record of expenses and payees, including water fees, newspaper subscription, dog license, groceries, table rent fees at flower market, pumping, and others, between 1940 and 1941. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_09_002
Letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, November 1, 1951 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-268)
doc Letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, November 1, 1951 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-268)
A letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. He informs that he has shipped a package containing prunes. He suggests they either eat them fresh or cooked. He includes a recipe for prune compote. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_03_05_001
Letter from Morio Tanimoto to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, October 30, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-213)
doc Letter from Morio Tanimoto to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, October 30, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-213)
A letter from Morio Tanimoto to his daughter's parents-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. He thanks the Okines for the gift pertaining to the birth and giving a name, "Masaye." Jeanne Masaye Okine is their newly born granddaughter. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_02_52_001
Letter from Mrs. K. Befu to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, January 15, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-119)
doc Letter from Mrs. K. Befu to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, January 15, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-119)
A letter from Komaki Befu in Los Angeles, California to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, in Hawthorne, California. She thanks Mr. and Mrs. Okine for their visit and the mochi mailed to her. She also informs that Mr. Yoshikawa has given her son, Masuo Befu, a farewell gift. The handwritten notes on the back of the envelope ...
Masao's check application number (ddr-csujad-5-83)
doc Masao's check application number (ddr-csujad-5-83)
Notes probably written by Seiichi Okine recording the military family allowance application number. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_21_002
[Okine family] (ddr-csujad-5-316)
img [Okine family] (ddr-csujad-5-316)
Photographed are Makoto at age 20, Hatsuno Hotty at age 17, Dorothy Ai at age 9, Seiichi at age 63, Tomeyo at age 55, and Masao at age 21 standing in front of their car which was purchased before the forced removal and incarceration. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 4. See ...
[Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album] (ddr-csujad-5-305)
img [Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album] (ddr-csujad-5-305)
A family photo album compiled by Dorothy Ai Aoki, who is a Nisei daughter born to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. Includes photographs depicting her family's life in California before the war, their incarceration in the Rohwer incarceration camp, Arkansas, and reestablishment in California after the war. Also includes photographs of the family members in Hiroshima, Japan, ...
[Okines' relatives, chrysanthemum flowers] (ddr-csujad-5-48)
img [Okines' relatives, chrysanthemum flowers] (ddr-csujad-5-48)
A color negative. Photographed are probably the Okines' relatives, including Jokichi Yamanaka, standing in a greenhouse of chrysanthemum flowers. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_06_002
Letter from Morio Tanimoto to Seiichi Okine, January 16, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-122)
doc Letter from Morio Tanimoto to Seiichi Okine, January 16, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-122)
A letter from Morio Tanimoto in Lodi, California, to Seiichi Okine in Hawthorne, California. He thanks Seiichi for his gift and also congratulates on his daughter, Hatsuno's marriage, enclosing the monetary gift for her. This letter is sent by Akiko Tanimoto and addresses Dorothy Okine. The handwritten notes on the back of the envelope read: Arrived ...
[Japanese man, bonsai] (ddr-csujad-5-56)
img [Japanese man, bonsai] (ddr-csujad-5-56)
A black and white negative. Photographed is a Japanese man siting on a chair next to bonsai. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_06_010
Letter from Teruko Fuji to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, April 9, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-202)
doc Letter from Teruko Fuji to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, April 9, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-202)
A letter from Teruko Fujii, a member of "S.P. Church" in Los Angeles, California, to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. Teruko informs them that the properties of the S.P. Church have been sold. She also invites the Okines to her church's prayers on the second Sunday. The arrival date of the letter, April 10, 1947, is recorded ...
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Sakayeda [wedding photograph] (ddr-csujad-5-338)
img Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Sakayeda [wedding photograph] (ddr-csujad-5-338)
A wedding photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Sakayeda. Includes Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. The wedding is probably held in the Rohwer incarceration camp while they are incarcerated. The handwritten notes on the backside read: Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Sakayeda. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 10. See this object in the ...
S. Okine, March [1947] (ddr-csujad-5-168)
doc S. Okine, March [1947] (ddr-csujad-5-168)
A sheet recording the name, S. Okine [Seiichi Okine], the dates and hours in March 1947. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_02_15_005
[Seiichi Okine] (ddr-csujad-5-317)
img [Seiichi Okine] (ddr-csujad-5-317)
Photographed is Seiichi Okine standing in front of the family's car which was purchased before the forced removal and incarceration. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 4. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_08_004_002a
[Japanese male farmer] (ddr-csujad-5-43)
img [Japanese male farmer] (ddr-csujad-5-43)
A photograph of a Japanese male farmer in a field. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_05_029
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