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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Kiyo Imai (ddr-csujad-8-25)
doc Kiyo Imai (ddr-csujad-8-25)
Oral history interview with Kiyo Imai. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Imai, Kiyo
Takano Okajima (ddr-csujad-8-56)
doc Takano Okajima (ddr-csujad-8-56)
Oral history interview with Takano Okajima. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Okajima, Takano
George Abe (ddr-csujad-8-1)
doc George Abe (ddr-csujad-8-1)
Oral history interview with George Abe. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Abe, George
Kichizo Morita (ddr-csujad-8-42)
doc Kichizo Morita (ddr-csujad-8-42)
Oral history interview with Kichizo Morita. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Morita, Kichizo
Shigeo Uota (ddr-csujad-8-80)
doc Shigeo Uota (ddr-csujad-8-80)
Oral history interview with Shigeo Uota. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Uota, Shigeo
Reverend Tansai Terakawa (ddr-csujad-11-25)
img Reverend Tansai Terakawa (ddr-csujad-11-25)
A photograph of men dressed in suits sit together on the grass. Includes Reverend Tansai K. Terakawa. From page 12 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_12_002
Large group of people with a rope (ddr-csujad-11-179)
img Large group of people with a rope (ddr-csujad-11-179)
A large group of formally dressed men and women pose together holding a rope. From page 65 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_65_001
This isn't Japan (ddr-csujad-19-54)
doc This isn't Japan (ddr-csujad-19-54)
This is an article from the magazine "Common Ground," autumn 1942, by Mary Oyama which describes the cultural differences between the younger Japanese American Nisei and the older Issei generations. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_02-10_02
Community analysis report, no. 5, June 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-4)
doc Community analysis report, no. 5, June 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-4)
Titled as: Evacuee resistance to relocation. Presents three "fundamental reasons" for the "relocation program" designed to encourage people to move out of the incarceration centers, then describes the "ideal relocation program," which would see "every one relocated before June 30, 1944." Provides statistics on numbers of people who left centers on indefinite leave in April and ...
Fujita family in front of Fujita Brothers Egg Ranch truck (ddr-csujad-23-2)
img Fujita family in front of Fujita Brothers Egg Ranch truck (ddr-csujad-23-2)
Shows a circa 1930 Graham Paige panel delivery truck parked in front of the Fujita Brothers Egg Ranch (Ely Road and Fujita Lane, Petaluma, California). Shown from left to right are siblings Katsumi (Henry) Fujita, Michi (Grace) Fujita, Eigi (George) Fujita and their father Tsuneji Fujita. This photo appears to have been taken on the same ...
Taenaka family with the Japanese American community in Los Angeles, California (ddr-csujad-25-266)
img Taenaka family with the Japanese American community in Los Angeles, California (ddr-csujad-25-266)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are four photographs including the Taenaka family and the Japanese American community in Los Angeles, California. Two of the photographs are taken on the deck of the ship. Another photograph includes a baseball player of the local Japanese American baseball team, Rafu Nippon. The ...
Taenaka family, picnic (ddr-csujad-25-222)
img Taenaka family, picnic (ddr-csujad-25-222)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are seven photographs of the Taenaka family at a picnic. Include: Tamesaburo, Kamie, Haruko, Yaeko, Ukichi, Toshikuni, Chiyoko, and Saiko, most likely taken between 1924 and 1925 in California. One of the photographs captures the California Incline in Santa Monica, California. See this object ...
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-304)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-304)
A page from a photo album including Japanese family photographs. Pasted on the page are family photographs including Japanese men hiking, a group of Japanese men and women, and a Japanese man standing in a farm. The photographs are probably taken in the early 1900s. Location is unknown. See this object in the California State Universities ...
Ko Umeda Michiko sogi kinen satsuei [Commemorative photograph for the late Michiko Umeda funeral] (ddr-csujad-25-240)
img Ko Umeda Michiko sogi kinen satsuei [Commemorative photograph for the late Michiko Umeda funeral] (ddr-csujad-25-240)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page is a photograph taken to commemorate the funeral for Michiko Umeda, who is probably a daughter of Mohei and Sadae Umeda, held on March 2, 1924 in California. The attendees include Tamesaburo, Kamie, Haruko, Yaeko, Ukichi, Toshikuni, Chiyoko, and Saiko Taenaka. The photograph is ...
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-57)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-57)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Includes a photograph of the Japanese community probably in Washington. A group of Japanese men, women, and children poses surrounding a boat with a sign, "Japan gives her Navy to the cause of Democracy." In the photograph, Japanese men wear a special event costume of an American ...
Taenaka family, picnic (ddr-csujad-25-264)
img Taenaka family, picnic (ddr-csujad-25-264)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are seven photographs of a family picnic, including Kamie, Haruko, Yaeko, Ukichi, Toshikuni, Chiyoko, and Saiko Taenaka. The photographs are taken between 1923 and 1924 in Los Angeles, California. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_059
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-302)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-302)
A page from a photo album including Japanese family photographs. Includes a photograph of the Japanese community at a picnic. One photograph captures a cultural event sponsored by local Japanese associations. Also includes a photograph of a Japanese woman along with the Santa Barbara Museum of National History and St. Anthony's Seminary, both located in Santa ...
Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-79)
img Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-79)
A photograph of the Taenaka family in a farm, Brighton, Colorado. Includes Tamesaburo Taenaka, Kamie Taenaka, Ukichi Taenaka [?], and Yaeko Taenaka [?], posing in a sugar beet farm. Inscription on the back of the photograph reads: Nov. 20, 1942, Mr. McMorrow's farm, Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization ...
Horse drawn plow in sugar beet farm (ddr-csujad-25-98)
img Horse drawn plow in sugar beet farm (ddr-csujad-25-98)
A photograph of a horse drawn plow in a sugar beet farm. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_040
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-49)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-49)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Includes a portrait of a Japanese man in suits and a Japanese woman in western dress taken at "Toyo Studio, Seattle, WH."; a photograph of Japanese male children riding on toys in snow; and a street photograph capturing buildings, "First National Bank," and "Commercial Hotel." Those photographs ...
Mohei and Sadae Umeda wedding anniversary and reception (ddr-csujad-25-238)
img Mohei and Sadae Umeda wedding anniversary and reception (ddr-csujad-25-238)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are a portrait of Mohei and Sadae Umeda for their wedding anniversary as well as a photograph of their reception taken in California. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_033
Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-192)
img Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-192)
A group photograph of local Japanese men and women taken in Kashiwagi, Japan after the war. They are probably the Taenaka's relatives. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_064
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-322)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-322)
A page from a photo album including Japanese family photographs. Includes a Japanese family and houses. Date and location are unknown. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_10_01_031
Trip to United States (ddr-csujad-25-216)
img Trip to United States (ddr-csujad-25-216)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are eight photographs of the Taenaka family and their relatives, including Kamie, Haruko, and Toshikuni, most likely taken in the early 1920s. Some photographs are taken on Chichibu Maru, a Japanese passenger ship. Other photographs are taken probably in Los Angeles, California. See this ...
Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party, Buddhist temple] (ddr-csujad-25-130)
img Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party, Buddhist temple] (ddr-csujad-25-130)
A group photograph of the tourists of Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party, including Kamie Taenaka, along with Buddhist practitioners in Japan. The location is possibly Kongobuji, a Buddhist temple in Mount Koya. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_002
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