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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Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-341)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-341)
A family portrait photographed by "T. Akashi." It is probably taken in the early 1900s. Location is unknown. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_12_003
Japanese women in kimono (ddr-csujad-25-147)
img Japanese women in kimono (ddr-csujad-25-147)
A photograph of local Japanese females in kimono. This photograph appears to be taken during the tour. 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_019
R. Ishikawa (ddr-csujad-25-48)
img R. Ishikawa (ddr-csujad-25-48)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Two photographs are pasted on the page, including a portrait of "Mr. R. Ishikawa" taken at a studio and singed as "Photo by Tay Takano," and a scenic photograph of a railroad in snow. The photographs appear to be taken in the early 1900s. Also includes a …
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
Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-198)
img Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-198)
A group photograph of the local Japanese, including men, women, and children, taken in front of "Kabushiki Kaisha Iida Shoten" [= Iida Store, Co. Ltd.] around 1955. They are probably the Taenakas' relatives in Japan. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_070
Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-199)
img Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-199)
A photograph of two local Japanese men, including Ukichi Taenaka's son, posing in front of Hiromitsu Iida's house in Japan taken around 1955. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_071
Kamie Taenaka, family reunion (ddr-csujad-25-195)
img Kamie Taenaka, family reunion (ddr-csujad-25-195)
A group photograph of Kamie Taenaka and her relatives in Japan taken after the war. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_067
Taenaka family, portrait (ddr-csujad-25-263)
img Taenaka family, portrait (ddr-csujad-25-263)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are three photographs of the Taenaka family, including a family portrait in which Tamesaburo, Kamie, Haruko, Yaeko, Ukichi, Toshikuni, Chiyoko, and Saiko are photographed. The two other photographs depict a family picnic. The photographs are most likely taken between 1923 and 1924 in Los …
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-46)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-46)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Includes a group photograph of a Japanese family posing in front of a house; and a photograph of a picnic scene of the Japanese community probably in Washington. Both photographs appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Also includes a New Year's greeting card …
Ko Matsuda Tanesuke-shi no sogi [The funeral for the late Mr. Tanesuke Matsuda] (ddr-csujad-25-350)
img Ko Matsuda Tanesuke-shi no sogi [The funeral for the late Mr. Tanesuke Matsuda] (ddr-csujad-25-350)
A group photograph of the attendees of Tanesuke Matsuda's funeral held at a Buddhist temple in Salt Lake, Utah. Mr. Matsuda died on April 18, 1937 at the age of 51. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_12_012
Koyasan [Los Angeles Branch] Tourist Party, [departure] (ddr-csujad-25-131)
img Koyasan [Los Angeles Branch] Tourist Party, [departure] (ddr-csujad-25-131)
A group photograph of the tourists of Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party in front of Japan Air Line airplane at Los Angeles International Airport before departure. 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_003
Japanese men in suits (ddr-csujad-25-2)
img Japanese men in suits (ddr-csujad-25-2)
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. Also includes a photograph of a timber mill. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_07_01_002
Horse drawn plow in sugar beet farm (ddr-csujad-25-101)
img Horse drawn plow in sugar beet farm (ddr-csujad-25-101)
A photograph of horses for a 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_043
Taenaka family (ddr-csujad-25-232)
img Taenaka family (ddr-csujad-25-232)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are two photographs including a portrait of the Taenaka family taken between 1921 and 1922. It captures Tamesaburo, Kamie, Haruko, Ukichi, Toshikuni, and Chiyoko Taenaka. It is most likely taken in Los Angeles, California. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American …
Commemorative photograph of Takako Matsui's wedding (ddr-csujad-25-208)
img Commemorative photograph of Takako Matsui's wedding (ddr-csujad-25-208)
A page from tthe the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page is a group photograph of the Matsui family and other relatives taken on Takako Matsui's wedding day, most likely in Osaka Japan. Includes Saki, Takako, Ukichi, Yone, Harue, Kinoko, and Yanosuke Matsui. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Kamie Taenaka, family reunion (ddr-csujad-25-158)
img Kamie Taenaka, family reunion (ddr-csujad-25-158)
A group photograph of Kamie Taenaka and her relatives in Japan. It appears to be taken at a house in Totsugawa, 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_030
Rosanzerusu Betsuin Honichi Kankodan [Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party] (ddr-csujad-25-141)
img Rosanzerusu Betsuin Honichi Kankodan [Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party] (ddr-csujad-25-141)
A group photograph of Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party, including Kamie Taenaka, taken at Nikko Toshogu, a Shinto shrine in Nikko, 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_013
Tacoma Hongwanji Buddhist Church (ddr-csujad-25-340)
img Tacoma Hongwanji Buddhist Church (ddr-csujad-25-340)
A group photograph of the funeral attendees taken in front of "Tacoma Hongwanji Buddhist Church", in Tacoma, Washington. It is probably taken in the early 1900s. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_12_002
Taenaka family portrait (ddr-csujad-25-248)
img Taenaka family portrait (ddr-csujad-25-248)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are a family portrait of the Taenakas, including Tamesaburo, Kamie, Haruko, Yaeko, Ukichi, Toshikuni, Chiyoko, and Saiko most likely taken in Los Angeles, California, between 1924 and 1925. There is also of a photograph of their relatives in Japan taken in front of their …
Taenaka family, kimono (ddr-csujad-25-271)
img Taenaka family, kimono (ddr-csujad-25-271)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are five photographs of the Taenaka family, including Kamie, Haruko, Chiyoko, and Saiko taken with the local Japanese American community in Los Angeles, California. Haruko, Chiyoko and Saiko wear kimono. The photographs are probably taken in the early 1930s. See this object in the …
Taenaka family, picnic (ddr-csujad-25-223)
img Taenaka family, picnic (ddr-csujad-25-223)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are sixteen photographs of the Taenaka family at a picnic. Includes: Tamesaburo, Kamie, Haruko, Yaeko, Ukichi, Toshikuni, Chiyoko, and Saiko, probably taken between 1924 and 1925 in California. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_018
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-11)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-11)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Five photographs are pasted on the page. All photographs appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Include Japanese men in suits, women in western dress, and child. One of the photographs captures two Caucasians on a bullock cart. Also include a photograph of the …
Kamie Taenaka, Totsugawa (ddr-csujad-25-167)
img Kamie Taenaka, Totsugawa (ddr-csujad-25-167)
A photograph of Kamie Taenaka and her relative probably taken in Totsugawa, 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_039
Fujinkai? (ddr-csujad-25-333)
img Fujinkai? (ddr-csujad-25-333)
A group photograph of Japanese women and a Japanese man. The group appears to be "Fujinkai" affiliated with the Buddhist Church of America. It is taken by "Takano Studio" in Seattle, Washington on June 11, 1933. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_11_01_003
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
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