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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Nisei with friends (ddr-densho-325-169)
img Nisei with friends (ddr-densho-325-169)
(from left to right) Sumito Horiuchi, Mrs. Heinz, Mr. George Heinz
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 8 (February 23, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-8)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 8 (February 23, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-8)
Selected article titles: "Civil rights at level for Nisei related" (p. 1), "JACL Bowling: 92 teams sign up" (p. 1), "Urge JACL to endorse political candidates" (p. 1), "Slogan of JACL shows cynics American stand" (p. 1), "Japanese Canadians earn Centennial model" (p. 1), "The Nisei image" (p. 2), "Minister-scholar sees strong family tie as antidote ...
Tom Akashi Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-164-16)
vh Tom Akashi Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-164-16)
Observing the generational shift in camp: Nisei take over the primary roles, while Issei are supporting
Tsuguo
vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-123)
Nisei male. Born 1924 in Portland, Oregon. Incarcerated at North Portland Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Kept a diary beginning December, 1941 and through incarceration. Beginning as a teenager, was exceptionally active as a volunteer leader, first within a Japanese American church in Portland, later in camp with Federated Christian Church, school and service ...
Grace Watanabe Kimura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-249)
vh Grace Watanabe Kimura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-249)
Nisei female. Born 1925 in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Boyle Heights, where father was a prominent Baptist minister, establishing his own church. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, removed with family to the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. Obtained student leave to finish high school in Abilene, Texas. Post-World War II ...
Henry Miyatake Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-54)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-54)
Nisei male. Born 1929 in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Had some key childhood experiences with discrimination that made him a self-described, "independent thinker," and later, an influential figure in the Japanese American community. While a teenager in camp, he wrote and defended an essay criticizing the United States ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 14 (April 8, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-14)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 14 (April 8, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-14)
Select article titles: "De facto segregation in Richmond schools hit" (p. 1); "New Civil Rights Weapon" (p. 2); "Nisei-led Huck Finn outing cited as American democracy in action" (p.3); "A Sansei's Heritage" (p. 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 63, No. 7 (August 12, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-32)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 63, No. 7 (August 12, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-32)
Select article titles: "Li'l Tokio brightens up for Nisei Week" (p. 1); "Anti-riot mood compared with Evacuation era" (p. 1); "Nat'l JACL program attractive to 21-35 age group under study" (p. 1); "In-depth research, future History plans summarized" (p.3); "San Diego Convention Minutes" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 1 (January 7, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-1)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 1 (January 7, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-1)
Select article titles: "The Nisei Personality" (p. 1); "Seattle Nisei talk with Negroes" (p. 1); :Japanese viewpoint on U.S. - Japan relations expressed" (p. 2); "442nd Veteran Appointed New Selective Service Director" (p. 4); "Discussion of new immigration law centers on individual labor certificate" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 61, No. 8 (August 20, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-34)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 61, No. 8 (August 20, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-34)
Selected article titles: "Los Angeles Riot Heaps Nisei Business with $1 Million Loss" (p.1), "Orange County Nisei Protest Filming of Nisei Traitor Story" (p.1, 3), "Agenda for Youth Delegates Announced" (p.1), "House Immigration Bill" (p.2), "History Project: Issei Innkeepers of Seattle" (p.3, 5), "Nisei Progress in Brazil Recorded" (p.3), "Open ...
Letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-69)
Letter to Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from his wife, Teru Koyama, dated Sept. 1, 1943. In the upper left corner is an "EXAMINED" stamp. The letter is brown and has a water stain along the right side. In the letter Teru updates Kei on their friends' situations in Minidoka: several had children leave for jobs outside or ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Miriam Kiyo Koyama (ddr-one-5-52)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his daughter, Miriam Kiyo Koyama, at Minidoka. In place of postage “Internee of War/Free Mail” is written in the upper right hand corner. Postmarked Apr. 18, 1943. In the upper center of the envelope “4/30-43” is written in red pencil. Along the left edge ...
Envelope and letters to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letters to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Miriam Kiyo Koyama and William Koyama (ddr-one-5-28)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his children, William Koyama and Miriam Kiyo Koyama, at Minidoka. Postmarked Sep 11, 1942. To the left of the postmark “Sept 14, 42” is written in red pencil. On the left side of the envelope is a purple "Censored" stamp. Inside the envelope are two letters ...
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-56)
One cent postcard addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Santa Fe Detention Station from his wife, Teru Koyama, at Minidoka. Postmarked Jun 15, 1943. To the left of the postmark “6/21/43” is written in red pencil. In the lower left corner is an upside down "Examined" stamp. The back of the postcard is dated ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-71)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Santa Fe Detention Station from his wife, Teru Koyama, at Minidoka. Postmarked Sep 13, 1943. In place of postage, “Internee of War/Free Mail” is written in the upper right corner. Along the top “9/20-43” is written in red pencil. Inside the envelope is a letter dated Sept ...
Caught crabbing (ddr-csujad-11-71)
img Caught crabbing (ddr-csujad-11-71)
Photographed are Tazu Kawamoto, Mass, and Kiyoshi who go crabbing together in the Carmel River, located in Monterey County on the Central California Coast. From page 28 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_28_002
Mas Matsumura (ddr-csujad-11-72)
img Mas Matsumura (ddr-csujad-11-72)
A photograph of Mas Matsumura addressed to Tazu Kawamoto. From page 29 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_29_001
Feasting (ddr-csujad-11-47)
img Feasting (ddr-csujad-11-47)
The captions read "Feasting" and "N.A.Y.B.A. [North America Youth Basketball Association?] Prep Committee Outing." The outing took place on Treasure Island. From page 18 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_18_006
Family
img Family "portraits," soldier comes home (ddr-csujad-11-159)
A family portrait with a soldier. From page 57 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_57_002
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