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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Mits Koshiyama Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-6-1)
vh Mits Koshiyama Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-6-1)
Growing up in Mountain View, California before the war: attending Japanese language school, yet feeling "pro-American"
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 0238 (April 13, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-14)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 0238 (April 13, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-14)
Selected article titles: "U.S. Deportation of All Nisei After WW2 Discussed in 1943 Memo to Cordell Hull" (pp. 1, 5), "Japanese Executive Says: Lowering Trade Barrier Will Take Years" (p. 1), "Says Rep. Mineta: Gov. Brown Tactics 'Like 1942'" (pp. 2, 5), and "Comment, Letters, Features: On Becoming a True Citizen" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2027 (January 26, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-3)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2027 (January 26, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-3)
Selected article titles: "I. Magnin, Joseph Magnin Urging Kenzo Label Change" (p. 1), "Yankee Samurai: Secret Role of Nisei in America's Pacific Victory" (pp. 1, 9-12), "Japan's Pearl Harbor Spy Saw Evacuation as 'Cruel Joke'" (p. 2), and "Min Yasui Letters: From the Multnomah Jail" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 16 (October 15, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-41)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 16 (October 15, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-41)
Selected article titles: "Honda Plant in Ohio Town Getting Unfriendly Welcome" (pp. 1, 6-7), "JA Population Had Low Growth in California During 1970-1980" (p. 1), "'Survivors' Film Gets High PBS Ratings, Good Reviews" (p. 5), and "East Wind: The Ethic of 'More for Less'" (p. 7).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 5 (August 1, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-30)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 5 (August 1, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-30)
Selected article titles: "Case for Aleut Redress Presented" (pp. 1, 8), "JCCCNC Officially Opens Doors" (p. 1), "Nisei Week Events Scheduled" (p. 2), and "House Passes 'Jpn' Resolution" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 22 (July 27, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-28)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 22 (July 27, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-28)
Selected article titles: "Status Unchanged as Hunger Strike Enters Ninth Day" (p. 1), "27 Freed; Due Process of Law Not Accorded--Judge" (pp. 1-2), "Obon Cancelled; Rites Held for Deceased Heroes" (p. 3), and "Bi-Ovum Babies Boost Births" (p. 4).
Roger Shimomura Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-142-15)
vh Roger Shimomura Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-142-15)
Parents' and grandparents' values: disagreements about interracial dating
Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-172-5)
vh Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-172-5)
Observations of parents' relationship: no overt signs of affection
Sadaichi Kubota Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-40-4)
vh Sadaichi Kubota Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-40-4)
Development of Nisei values in prewar Hawaii, Japanese language school

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because of the full conference schedule, interviews conducted at the reunion were generally shorter in length than the typical Densho interview and tend to concentrate on the individual ...

Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-34)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-34)
Original black and white photographic print of the bride, Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto, standing in front of the alter holding her bouquet.
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-13)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-13)
Original black and white photographic print of the Sorelles, a high school social group. Back Row (left to right): Elsie Okazaki, Beti ann (Minamoto) Wantroba, Jean Matsumoto, Lillian (Niimi) Mikariya, Rose Haruye (Muramatsu) Ouchida, Kathleen “Kathie” Haruko (Matsuda) Sato, Frances (Kinoshita) Mayeda, Grace Mieko (Muramatsu) Ouchida, and Mitsy (Kiyomura) Takeoka. Third Row: Nami (Miura) Koida, Miriam ...
Nisei Bowling League Women's Team (ddr-one-1-128)
img Nisei Bowling League Women's Team (ddr-one-1-128)
Original black and white photographic print of a Nisei women's bowling team. The team is posed in front of a Ford sedan with a bowling ball and monogrammed shirts. Back row left to right: Kathleen Sasaki, Yoko (Hishikawa) Iwata, and Takako Inukai. Front row left to right: Toshi (Tamiyasu) Fukuhara, and Sachi (Nakata) Nakashima. Negative ...
Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-372)
img Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-372)
Black and white photographic negative of three Nisei girls sitting on a blanket at a community picnic at Viking Park hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). From left to right: unidentified, Phyllis Midori (Ando) Muramatsu, and Betty Nakashimada.
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-23)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-23)
Original black and white photographic print of the Sorelles, a high school social group. Back Row (left to right): Elsie Okazaki, Agnes (Inouye) Kitayama, Atsuko "Alice" Kida, Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando, Nami (Miura) Koida, Kimi Wakabayashi, Grace Mieko (Muramatsu) Ouchida, Masae "Elsie" (Morita) Onishi, and Betty Nakashimada. Middle Row (left to right): Rose Haruye (Muramatsu) Ouchida ...
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-248)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-248)
Black and white photographic negative of Eddie Tamiyasu posing for the camera in his Obon costume. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-16)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-16)
Original black and white photographic print 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, Astuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando, Jean Matsumoto ...
Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Bingo (ddr-one-1-88)
img Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Bingo (ddr-one-1-88)
Black and white photographic negative of an indoor carnival fundraiser possibly hosted by the Sorelles or Adelphons (Japanese American young women's groups). People sitting and playing bingo, watchers stand behind. Sitting left to right: Joe Namba, Nobi Saito, Henry "Wimpy" Kawata, George Kasahara, Terry Mishiro, Diane (Ando) Harder, and Minoru "Bob" Ando. Standing in front ...
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-14)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-14)
Original black and white photographic print of the Sorelles, a high school social group. Back Row (left to right): Elsie Okazaki, Beti ann (Minamoto) Wantroba, Jean Matsumoto, Lillian (Niimi) Mikariya, Rose Haruye (Muramatsu) Ouchida, Kathleen “Kathie” Haruko (Matsuda) Sato, Frances (Kinoshita) Mayeda, Grace Mieko (Muramatsu) Ouchida, and Mitsy (Kiyomura) Takeoka. Third Row: Nami (Miura) Koida, Miriam ...
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