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.

Issei (741)

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Issei

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Tamesaburo Tenaka, Japan (ddr-csujad-25-282)
img Tamesaburo Tenaka, Japan (ddr-csujad-25-282)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are six photographs including Tamesaburo Taenaka taken during his visit in Japan. The photographs include Ukichi Taenaka's wife and son and other local Japanese who are probably the Taenakas' relatives in Japan. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project ...
Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-166)
img Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-166)
A group photograph of the local Japanese taken at an individual's house most likely in Totsugawa, Japan. They appear to be the Taenakas' 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_038
Japanese family in kimono (ddr-csujad-25-18)
img Japanese family in kimono (ddr-csujad-25-18)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Five photographs are pasted on the page. The photographs appear to have been taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Include a portrait of a Japanese woman and child dressed in kimono; and a photograph of Japanese female child in kimono standing in front of a house. ...
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-31)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-31)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Four photographs are pasted on the page and appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Include portraits of a Japanese woman in western dress and male children. Also include a group photograph of a Japanese family. See this object in the California State Universities ...
Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-229)
img Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-229)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page is a family portrait of a Japanese family in Japan, most likely the Taenakas' relatives. The photograph appears to be taken in the early 1900s. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_024
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-34)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-34)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Two photographs are pasted on the page. Those photographs appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Include a portrait of a Japanese man and woman in kimono and a Japanese infant dressed for a Japanese traditional ceremony for newborns. See this object in the ...
The late Mr. Setsu Fukazawa] (ddr-csujad-25-352)
img The late Mr. Setsu Fukazawa] (ddr-csujad-25-352)
A photograph of the late Mr. Setsu Fukazawa who died at the age of 57 on March 5, 1937 in Salt Lake, Utah, along with his family members. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_12_014
Kamie Taenaka, Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party, Meguro Gajoen (ddr-csujad-25-140)
img Kamie Taenaka, Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party, Meguro Gajoen (ddr-csujad-25-140)
A photograph of Kamie Taenaka and another tourist of Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party taken at Meguro Gajoen, Tokyo, Japan. 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_012
Shirahama hot spring (ddr-csujad-25-187)
img Shirahama hot spring (ddr-csujad-25-187)
A group photograph of Japanese women taken at a Shirahama hot spring, Wakayama, Japan after the war. They are probably the Taenakas' 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_059
Japanese men in suits (ddr-csujad-25-9)
img Japanese men in suits (ddr-csujad-25-9)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Four photographs are pasted on the page. All photographs appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Include a photograph of Japanese men in suits, which is also found in: ucsb_jia_0001. Also includes a photograph of a stone building. See this object in the California ...
Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-81)
img Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-81)
A photograph of the Taenaka family in a farm, Brighton, Colorado. Includes Tamesaburo Taenaka, Kamie Taenaka, Ukichi Taenaka [?], and Yaeko Taenaka [?], harvesting sugar beets in McMorrow's farm. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0091. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_023
Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-177)
img Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-177)
A group photograph of the local Japanese taken at a Shinto shrine in postwar Japan. They are probably the Taenakas' 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_049
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-13)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-13)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Five photographs are pasted on the page. The photographs appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Include Japanese men in suits, woman in western dress, and child. One portrait is taken at "Toyo Studio" in Seattle, Washington. Also include a photograph probably taken at ...
Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-100)
img Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-100)
A photograph of a farmer, probably Taenaka family member, and a horse drawn plow in a sugar beet farm. The photograph appears to be taken in Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_042
Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-221)
img Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-221)
A page of the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are six photographs of the Taenakas' relatives in Japan. Include Japanese men, women, and children dressed in kimono. All are most likely taken in Japan in the early 1900s. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_016
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-43)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-43)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Pasted on the page are three photographs and one postcard. A photograph of a Japanese man posing in front of a timber mill is included. The photograph appears to be taken in the early 1900s in Washington. Another photograph captures Japanese children, which was probably taken in ...
Japanese Americans in front of house (ddr-densho-359-250)
img Japanese Americans in front of house (ddr-densho-359-250)
From left to right Alice, Shigeko, May, Nabashima, Itami, Papa [Kaichi], Joe, Smith
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.
Issei couple (ddr-densho-359-433)
img Issei couple (ddr-densho-359-433)
Kaichi and Itsuno Kawamoto sit by the water.
Issei couple (ddr-densho-359-470)
img Issei couple (ddr-densho-359-470)
Kaichi and Itsuno Kawamoto pose in front of a car.
Ron Wakabayashi Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-460-5)
vh Ron Wakabayashi Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-460-5)
Learning about history, getting involved with community organizations to help the Issei generation
Issei men and a woman standing by a guard rail (ddr-densho-259-214)
img Issei men and a woman standing by a guard rail (ddr-densho-259-214)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Masuo Yasui] with 2 other Issei men and a woman [shows] the front part of what I think was our old Studebaker."
Two Issei men in coats (ddr-densho-259-256)
img Two Issei men in coats (ddr-densho-259-256)
Masuo Yasui, right, with a man who may have been Taro Miyake. Caption by Homer Yasui: "Taro Miyake was the editor of a Portland, Oregon, Japanese vernacular newspaper called the Coast Times."
Issei couples at Mount Hood, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-213)
img Issei couples at Mount Hood, Oregon (ddr-densho-259-213)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "I can't identify any of the 2 Issei couples who are standing in front of the old Cloud Cap Inn, which was on the northwest shoulder of Mt Hood near Cooper Spur, but I think that the guy with the bushy white moustache was a minister. It seems that our family kind ...
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