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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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 22 (November 27, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-48)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 22 (November 27, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-48)
Selected article titles: "Hospital Money Plan Endorsed by Chicago JACL for Members; Enrollment Period Underway, Seek 250 Acceptable Applications" (p.1), "Hawaii GI Vote Issue Placed before U.S. Supreme Court" (p.1), "Warn against Racial Stereotypes in Books" (p.1), "Prop. 14 Called Part of Nation-Wide Plan to Roll Back Social Progress of Past Years" (p.1), "Issei History Seen …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, Vol. 24 (June 12, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-24)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, Vol. 24 (June 12, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-24)
Selected article titles: "Historic Senate Action to Gag Civil Rights Bill Depate Hailed" (p.1), "John Thomas, Baptist Minister Who Aided Evacuees, to Be Cited" (p.1-2), "Survey vs. Oral History" (p.1, 3), "Cal. High Court Rules to Keep Initiative 'On'" (p.3), "Moses Lake High Completes Its First Year Japanese Class on Regular Curriculum, Cited by National JACL" …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 10 (March 5, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-10)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 10 (March 5, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-10)
Selected article titles: "1st Civil Rights Bill Passed in State of Utah" (p.1), "Home-Owners near Farm Labor Camp Protest Skid-Row Recruits" (p.1), "Wyoming Governor Signs Act Repealing Miscegenation Law" (p.1), "Immigration Testimony" (p.2), "First California Gray Whale Captured Alive for Sea World by Nisei Commercial Whaler, Considered Top U.S. Sharpshooter" (p.3), "Hawaii's Reapportionment Task Toughened by …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 5 (February 4, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-5)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 5 (February 4, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-5)
Select article titles: "Success Story: Japanese American Style" (p.1); "Sixth AJA killed in Vietnam, with helicopter team" (p.1); "Henry Kasai, 75, dies of Natural causes in Salt Lake Hospital" (p.1);"Appreciation banquet to three elders of Seattle community draws 300 Issei" (p.5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 20 (November 14,1969) (ddr-pc-41-46)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 20 (November 14,1969) (ddr-pc-41-46)
Select article titles: "Individual rights on expression spelled" (p. 1); "Arkansas to dedicate Rohwer WRA cemetery-war memorial" (p.1); "Ethnic language courses offered at Berkeley Hi; Nihongo oversubscribed" (p. 2); "Challenge of Issei Centennial cited" (p. 3); "Hear Black community views on achievement of Japanese Americans" (p. 6).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 68, No. 24 (June 13, 1969) (ddr-pc-41-24)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 68, No. 24 (June 13, 1969) (ddr-pc-41-24)
Select article titles: "Wakamatsu Colony Dedication: A Once-in-a-lifetime Inspiration" (p. 1); "Matsunaga-Holifield bill to repeal Title 2" (p. 1); "PNWDC calls young adults to attend organizational session at Hood River" (p. 1); "U.S. Supreme Court Rules on 3 Civil Rights Cases for Negroes" (p. 2); "TV Coverage of Seattle Students in Action Overdone" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 68, No. 21 (May 23, 1969) (ddr-pc-41-21)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 68, No. 21 (May 23, 1969) (ddr-pc-41-21)
Select article titles: "JACL firms commemoration of Centennial" (p. 1); " Racist strategy charged in Noguchi hearing" (p. 1); "JACL to Honor Nisei War Dead of Three Wars in May 25 Service" (p. 1); "San Francisco supervisory board adopts Title II repeal resolution" (p. 3)
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 7 (August 15,1969) (ddr-pc-41-33)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 7 (August 15,1969) (ddr-pc-41-33)
Select article titles: "Support for Title II repeal mounts, Richmond joins" (p. 1); "Noguchi Case spawns tremors" (p. 1); "Wakamatsu commemorative coins to be given to all Issei, 80 and up" (p.1).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 11 (September 12,1969) (ddr-pc-41-37)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 11 (September 12,1969) (ddr-pc-41-37)
Select article titles: "Nisei local dope kings arrested in weekend raid" (p. 1); "EDC-MDC Convention hailed for 'igniting individual involvement" (p. 1); "Tosh Suyematsu sworn as assistant U.S. attorney for Wyoming District" (p. 2); "Issei Occupations" (p. 4); "Racial discrimination blamed for gaps in U.S. Oriental genealogical records" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 13 (September 26,1969) (ddr-pc-41-39)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 13 (September 26,1969) (ddr-pc-41-39)
Select article titles: "Future of Japanese Ethnic churches in L.A. studied" (p. 1); "Seattle Issei Complain Lack of Police Action(p.1); "40,000 witness Japan week's civic parade" (p. 3); "Concentration Camp" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 22 (November 28,1969) (ddr-pc-41-48)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 22 (November 28,1969) (ddr-pc-41-48)
Select article titles: "Medallions, Hosokawa books presented at White House 'first'" (p. 1); "Depper appreciation of American heritage urged for new Guidelines" (p. 1); "Racist comment on Japanese by S.F. United Crusade executive protested" (p. 1); "Seattle Issei in Central Area seek help, hurt by inadequate insurance" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 23 (December 05,1969) (ddr-pc-41-49)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 23 (December 05,1969) (ddr-pc-41-49)
Select article titles: "Central Cal DC steps up Title II repeal campaign" (p. 1); "Minn. Issei pioneers given Centennial coin" (p. 1); "New York Asians picket FBI against Hoover comments" (p.1); "Okinawa Reversion Approved" (p. 2); "Is the JACL Dead?" (p. 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 12 (March 31, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-12)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 12 (March 31, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-12)
Selected article titles: "Asians Protest Propsed for Employer Knowingly Hiring Illegals" (p.1), "Interviewing Techniques Initial Course for Univ. of Utah Asian Studies Class" (p.1), "Encampment for Citizenship Seeks Asian Applicants" (p.2), "Issei Suicide Pattern Noted in Med Journal" (p.3-4), "Nisei Grower-Shipper Accused in $40 Million Class Action Suit" (p.4)
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 13 (April 7, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-13)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 13 (April 7, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-13)
Selected article titles: "Desert Wind, Sandstorm Thrash 700 Making Manzanar Pilgrimage" (p.1), "Congressional Tributes" (p.1), "Issei Group Housing in New York Sought" (p.6)
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 75, No. 9 (September 1, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-34)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 75, No. 9 (September 1, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-34)
Selected article titles: "Bilingual Recreation Program Approved" (p.1), "Union Poster Against Imports Called 'Racist'" (p.1), "Nixon Orders End to Quotas in Minority Hiring" (p.3), "Evacuation Should Be Allowed to Take Its Place in History, Says Evacuee" (p.6).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 75, No. 2 (July 14, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-27)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 75, No. 2 (July 14, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-27)
Selected article titles: "Congress Cites Issei Contributions: (p.1-2), "Japan Gov't Recognizes Nisei as Americans" (p.1-2), "Congress Shown Several Options to Hand Evacuees Reparations" (p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 78, No. 20 (May 24, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-20)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 78, No. 20 (May 24, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-20)
Selected article titles: "Priorities: Issei History" (p. 1), "Public Protest Made in Sentencing of Asian Youth, 16, to State Prison" (p. 1), and "Washington Newsletter: Mineta's Bid for Congress" (pp. 2-3).
Pacific Citizen, Supplement to 1974 Holiday Issue (December 20-27, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-51)
doc Pacific Citizen, Supplement to 1974 Holiday Issue (December 20-27, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-51)
Supplement to 1974 holiday issue. Selected article titles: "Issei as Technical Advisers to Japan" (pp. 1, 10), "'42 Hysteria Led to Concentration Camps" (pp. 1, 3), "U.S.-Canada Nikkei Alliance Urged" (pp. 1, 11), and "National Constitution Japanese American Citizens League" (pp. 8-9).
Portrait of Harry Matsuoka (ddr-densho-390-1)
img Portrait of Harry Matsuoka (ddr-densho-390-1)
A small portrait of Harry Matsuoka, most likely for an identification card.
1952 Pictorial Guidebook (ddr-densho-266-78)
doc 1952 Pictorial Guidebook (ddr-densho-266-78)
Select article titles: "Rare photographs capture beauties of Fuji" (pg 19-34); "The Issei Story" (pg. 35-58); "Pictures: San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Twin Cities, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Japan" (pg. 59-112); "Organizations: Bird's-eye view of Nisei groups in the U.S." (pg. 113-138). Removed pages 140-167 from public website to protect personal information.
Kameki Inouye smoking in park (ddr-densho-383-376)
img Kameki Inouye smoking in park (ddr-densho-383-376)
Written on back of photograph: "Papa at a picnic (heavy smoker)".
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