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 American family (ddr-densho-362-2)
img Japanese American family (ddr-densho-362-2)
A family sits on a building's ledge for a family group photo. An open field and a mountain are in the background.
Six Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-362-18)
img Six Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-362-18)
Six individuals consisting of two men, three women, and a child stand together for a group photo.
Japanese American man and woman stand together (ddr-densho-362-51)
img Japanese American man and woman stand together (ddr-densho-362-51)
A man wearing a suit and a woman wearing a coat pose together near a wire fence.
Two Japanese American women at barracks steps (ddr-densho-362-55)
img Two Japanese American women at barracks steps (ddr-densho-362-55)
Two women wearing black dresses pose together for a picture near a cabin barracks steps.
Men and women in front of sawmill (ddr-densho-353-22)
img Men and women in front of sawmill (ddr-densho-353-22)
Mukilteo sawmill. Caption in album: "Japanese sawmill workers greet a new bride."
Frank Yamasaki Interview I Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-107-10)
vh Frank Yamasaki Interview I Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-107-10)
Language barriers: mother's difficulties with language and customs
Family of Alfred Eijiro Tatsumi (ddr-densho-353-201)
img Family of Alfred Eijiro Tatsumi (ddr-densho-353-201)
Front row: June Tomae, Misao, Mrs. Tatsumi. Back row: Albert, Walter, Henry, Jiro, Alfred.
Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-76-17)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-76-17)
Participating in community activities

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 75, No. 6 (August 11, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-31)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 75, No. 6 (August 11, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-31)
Selected article titles: "Seabrook Farms Eye Japanese Industries" (p.1), "Plight of Issei Living Below Poverty Level Raises Questions" (p.1), "San Francisco Community Group Toiling to Revitalize: (p.1).
A group in front of a house (ddr-densho-353-33)
img A group in front of a house (ddr-densho-353-33)
Shoichiro Katsuno at Pontiac (now the Windermere/Sand Point area) Written on back: "House built by Mr. Katsuno c.1913. Paid only for glass, nails, stovepipe, all the wood was free for clearing the land, knew how to make cedar shakes from work in sawmill earlier."
Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-42-17)
vh Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-42-17)
Parental teachings: Kanagawa, a Japanese pacifist

Mrs. Kurose was undergoing treatment for cancer and required frequent breaks and medication to help her with pain management.

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. 63, No. 11 (September 9, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-36)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 63, No. 11 (September 9, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-36)
Select article titles: "East L.A. JACLer loses 2nd son in war, first with 442nd, another in Vietnam" (p. 1); "UCLA graduate library to exhibit special Issei History Project material" (p. 1); "More effectual implementation of Calif. Fair housing laws recommended" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 13 (April 1, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-13)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 13 (April 1, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-13)
Select article titles: "Issei-Sansei Generations: Separated but United" (p. 1); "Nisei-Mexican American Ties Strengthened" (p. 1); "Poll Tax Outlawed" (p. 2); "Act of Charity spreads JACL name to Africa" (p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 63, No. 22 (November 25, 1966) [No. 23 (December 2, 1966)] (ddr-pc-38-48)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 63, No. 22 (November 25, 1966) [No. 23 (December 2, 1966)] (ddr-pc-38-48)
Select article titles: "Issei documents go on display at UCLA" (p. 1); "Baishakunin marriages in Japan allows veto power" (p. 1); "Denver Nisei killed in Vietnam" (p.3); "There's no fair system to the draft" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 16 (April 22, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-16)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 16 (April 22, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-16)
Select article titles: "Dr. Sonoda named to human rights advisory group" (p. 1); "Tacoma Issei donate to SJR 20 fund" (p. 1); "Legislative Reapportionment" (p. 2); "Nat'l 442nd vet directory planned" (p. 3).
Jim Akutsu Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-2-9)
vh Jim Akutsu Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-2-9)
Learning important aspects of Japanese culture from parents

Interview was conducted over two days because of delays caused by technical difficulties.

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 76, No. 22, (June 8, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-22)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 76, No. 22, (June 8, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-22)
Select article titles: "San Mateo City Council Anti-Nikkei Bias Festering" (p.1); "Aged Issei Seen as Target of Pressure from Nikkei Groups, Says Utah Savant" (p.1); "Bannai Looms as First Nisei to Sit in Assembly" (p.1); "Jobless Sac'to Asian Teachers Protest Hawaii Recruitment"(p.3).
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