Nisei

The Nisei (second generation) felt the pull of two cultures. American born, attending public schools, and influenced by American popular culture, they shared the same idols, favorite songs and sports heroes as most other children of their generation. Wanting to fit in, many Nisei with Japanese first names dropped them for Western ones that their non-Japanese friends could easily pronounce. Yet, most grew up in Japanese neighborhoods, and their parents taught them the customs and values of the old country.

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Kay Matsuoka Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-48-27)
vh Kay Matsuoka Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-48-27)
Description of Japanese customs of "kosai" (reciprocity), "baishakunin" and "nakodo" (matchmaker)
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 20 (March 18, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-7)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 20 (March 18, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-7)
"Fort Denies GI's in Town Saturday Night" (p. 1), "Pay Differences Peril Continuance of Salmon Industry" (p. 1), "Most Japanese Unaffected by Deportation Rule" (p. 2)
The Northwest Times Vol. 5 No. 9 (January 31, 1951) (ddr-densho-229-270)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 5 No. 9 (January 31, 1951) (ddr-densho-229-270)
"Father Murphy Appeals to the Nisei" (p. 1), "Northwest District Council Sets Conclave for Labor Day Holidays; Seattle to be Host" (p. 1).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 30 (September 21, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-36)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 30 (September 21, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-36)
Selected article titles: "Adopt Resolution to Send Gifts to Japanese Soldiers Held by US: Gift Drive Expected in Near Future" (p. 1), "Myer Reports 45 Center Nisei Killed in Italy; Tule Casualties Given" (pp. 1-2), "Mexicans Want to Intern Japanese" (p. 1), and "Department of Justice: Report Shows Decrease in Alien Population" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 50 (December 14, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-108)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 50 (December 14, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-108)
Selected article titles: "Tule Lake Figures: Over 5500 Relocate Since First of Year" (p. 1), "Nisei Merchant Marine Relates Trip to Japan" (p. 2), "Monday, Dec. 17: Deadline for Repatriates' Property Disposal Is Set" (p. 2), and "Former Residents Write of Conditions in East" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 21 (May 25, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-70)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 21 (May 25, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-70)
Selected article titles: "May 12 Figures: 661 Casualties among Nisei from Centers" (p. 1), "Third Anniversary of Tule Lake This Sunday" (p. 2), "Closing Dates for Center Schools Set Says Myer" (p. 3), and "Former Tulean Commits Suicide" (p. 3).
Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-84-13)
vh Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-84-13)
A brief attempt at schooling in Japan, struggling with a "manners" class

References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.

Adelphons Group Photo (ddr-one-1-2)
img Adelphons Group Photo (ddr-one-1-2)
Black and white photographic negative of the Adelphons, a young women's service group of the Portland Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen's League, in formal attire. Back Row (left to right): Sumiko “Sue” (Kawasaki) Fujino, unidentified, Minnie (Oyama) Abe, Ochiyo (Nishioka) Hasuike, unidentified, Mary (Furusho) Iwasaki, Tamae "Butch" Yamamoto, Kathryn (Kawata) Niita, Irene (Kawata ...
Frank Hirahara at New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-79)
img Frank Hirahara at New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-79)
Original black and white photographic print of Frank Hirahara and Rose Mae Hara at the New Tokyo Bar in Portland, Oregon. For negative please see ONLC 2856 (ddr-one-1-80).
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-31)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-31)
Original black and white photographic print of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto's wedding taken from above and behind. Negative ONLC 2815. (ddr-one-1-42)
Reed College (ddr-one-1-364)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-364)
Black and white photographic negative of Carlos Ogimi and other students sitting at drawing table working on an unknown project. Carlos is the first seated student on the right, everyone else is unidentified. This photographic negative was taken at Reed College where Carlos was a student. Original print ONLC 3180 (ddr-one-1-362).
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-39)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-39)
Original black and white photographic print of bride and groom standing and receiving guests. Left to Right: Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto.
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-22)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-22)
Black and white photographic negative of the Sorelles, a high school social group. Left to right: Grace (Ebihara) Akiyama, Betty Nakashimada, Jean Yasuko (Kida) Tomita, Nami (Miura) Koida, Masae "Elsie" (Morita) Onishi, Beti ann (Minamoto) Wantroba, Mitsy (Kiyomura) Takeoka, Betty Ishida, Elsie Okazaki, Agnes (Inouye) Kitayama, Atsuko "Alice" Kida, Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando, Jean Matsumoto, and ...
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-43)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-43)
Black and white photographic negative of bride, Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto, walking towards the center aisle escorted by an unidentified man.
Sorelles Beach Outing (ddr-one-1-391)
img Sorelles Beach Outing (ddr-one-1-391)
Black and white photographic negative of a group of Nisei at a beach outing planned by the Sorrelles (a high school social group). Sitting left to right: unidentified, Masae "Elsie" (Morita) Onishi, Nobyo Sato, unidentified, Grace Mieko (Muramatsu) Ouchida, Loretta (Fujii) Kaneko, Mas Ouchida, May (Ebihara) Gelfand, and unidentified. Standing left to right: Kathleen "Kathie" Haruko ...
Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-412)
img Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-412)
Black and white photographic negative of Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando speaking to a large seated audience, inside the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple) at Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration).
Sorelles Beach Outing (ddr-one-1-395)
img Sorelles Beach Outing (ddr-one-1-395)
Black and white photographic negative of Tom Fujii (left) and Shig Tada (right) sitting on Yoji Kiso at the Oregon Coast at a beach outing planned by the Sorrelles (a high school social group). Aki (Shiraishi) Dong is laying in the sand next to Yoji Kiso.
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-313)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-313)
Black and white photographic negative of two Obon dancers in costume. From left to right: Joyce (Sasaki) Olsen and Susanne Mineko (Sasaki) Myers. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-327)
img Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-327)
Black and white original photographic print of Nisei women at Epworth United Methodist Church rolling up newspapers possibly during the Northwest Methodist Rally. From left to right: Martha (Kondo) Miyasaki, Miriam (Koyama) Kiso, Grace (Sakano) Robbs, Jean Yasuko (Kida) Tomita, unidentified, and Masae "Elsie" (Morita) Onishi. For negative please see ONLC 3144 (ddr-one-1-326)
Reed College (ddr-one-1-362)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-362)
Black and white photographic print of Carlos Ogimi and other students sitting at drawing table working on an unknown project. Carlos is the first seated student on the right, everyone else is unidentified. This photographic negative was taken at Reed College where Carlos was a student. Negative ONLC 3182 (ddr-one-1-364).
Nisei women (ddr-one-1-426)
img Nisei women (ddr-one-1-426)
Black and white photographic negative of four unidentified Nisei women holding bags and notebooks and looking at the camera inside Seattle Buddhist Church.
New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-82)
img New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-82)
Black and white photographic negative of unidentified men playing Gibson guitars at the New Tokyo Bar. For print please see ONLC 4949 (ddr-one-1-720)
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-47)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, in Minidoka. Postmarked Mar 8, 1943. In red pencil “Mar 19,1943” is written next to the postmark. In the upper right corner “Internee of War/Free Mail” is written in black ink. Along the left edge of the envelope is clear ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-14)
White air mail envelope with a red, white and blue border. The envelope is addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Fort Sill from his wife, Teru Koyama, at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked May 25, 1942. On the left side of the envelope, written in pencil, is “Censored 5/31/42” with initials below. Inside the ...
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