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 Duet (ddr-one-1-342)
img Nisei Duet (ddr-one-1-342)
Black and white photographic negative of two unidentified Nisei women singing next to a piano. This photograph may have been taken during the Northwest Methodist Rally.
Frank in bed (ddr-one-1-572)
img Frank in bed (ddr-one-1-572)
Black and white photographic negative of Frank Hirahara laying on a bed in pajamas.
Throwing a Ball (ddr-one-1-612)
img Throwing a Ball (ddr-one-1-612)
Black and white photographic negative of Rose Haruye (Muramatsu) Ouchida throwing a ball on the beach. A group of Japanese American beach go-ers are visible in the background.
Reed College (ddr-one-1-354)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-354)
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 most likely taken at Reed College where Carlos was a student.
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-23)
One cent postcard addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked Aug 28, 1942. Below the postmark “Sept 1 1942,” is written in red pencil. On the left side of the postcard is a purple "Censored" stamp. The message on the back of the postcard ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Yoshi Sato (ddr-one-5-42)
Envelope addressed to Mr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from Yoshio Sato at Minidoka. Postmarked November 11, 1942. In red pencil “Dec 15, 42” is written. Along the right edge of the envelope is a white sticker, on the back side of the envelope it reads "U.S.A. 269." Inside the envelope is a letter ...
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Lois Sato (ddr-one-5-18)
Postcard addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from Lois Sato at the Portland Assembely Center. Postmarked Jul 9, 1942. On the left side of the front of the postcard is a red Censored stamp with an unknown signature. On the back of the postcard is a handwritten message from Lois Sato. She writes about ...
Envelope, card, and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope, card, and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Miriam Kiyo Koyama (ddr-one-5-9)
Envelope addressed to Dr. K. Koyama at Fort Missoula from his daughter, Miriam Kiyo Koyama, in Portland. Postmarked March 7, 1942. In the lower left corner is a purple "EXAMINED" stamp with a cursive D written above in red pencil. On the back the envelope is sealed with a red victory sticker. Inside the envelope is ...
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Eva Koyama (ddr-one-5-11)
Front of one cent postcard is addressed to Dr. K. Koyama at Fort Sill from his daughter Eva Koyama at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked May 11, 1942. On the back of the postcard Eva writes about the family and first few days at the Portland Assembly Center. Dated May 7, 1942.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 8 (August 25, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-34)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 8 (August 25, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-34)
Selected article titles: "Simple Rites Mark Farewell to Aki Hayashi, Cancer Victim at 48" (p. 1), "Washington Newsletter: Congressional Questionnaires" (p. 1), "Research on Bilingualism Bogs as Japanese-English Speaking Women Shy' (p. 2), and "Michener Explains Last April's Row" (p. 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 56, No. 11 (March 15, 1963) (ddr-pc-35-11)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 56, No. 11 (March 15, 1963) (ddr-pc-35-11)
Selected article titles: "Nebraska Passes Interracial Marriage Law" (p. 1), "Washington Newsletter: Nisei and Civil Rights Message" (p. 2), "Pearl Harbor 'Anti-Nisei Myths' Persist Even After 21 Years" (pp. 3-4), and "Vagaries: Matter of Civil Rights" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 56, No. 10 (March 8, 1963) (ddr-pc-35-10)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 56, No. 10 (March 8, 1963) (ddr-pc-35-10)
Selected article titles: "Washington Newsletter: Nisei Stake in Civil Rights Renewed in Kennedy Message" (pp. 1-2), "Federal Gov't Urged to Exercise More Concern for Nisei Employees" (pp. 1-2), "Nisei Senator Introduces Bill to Eliminate Christmas, Good Friday as Hawaii State Holidays; But Urges Wesak Day" (p. 1), and "JACL's Fight Against Anti-Nisei Films Gets ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 56, No. 15 (April 12, 1963) (ddr-pc-35-15)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 56, No. 15 (April 12, 1963) (ddr-pc-35-15)
Selected article titles: "Washington Newsletter: Supreme Court and Religious Freedom" (pp. 1-2), "Philadelphia JACL Installation Hailed as 'Most Successful' with Rep. Matsunaga, Marutani, Masaoka, Yoshino on Program" (pp. 1-2), "Matsunaga: Nisei Should Rid Prewar Attitudes" (p. 3), and "Ex-Missionary to Japan Well-Known to Evacuees to Attend PSWDC Convention" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 83, No. 26 (December 24-31, 1976) (ddr-pc-48-51)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 83, No. 26 (December 24-31, 1976) (ddr-pc-48-51)
Special holiday issue. Selected article titles: "PC Headlines in 1986" (p. 3), "The Trend Is Toward Assimilation" (p. 4), "Five Critical Political-Social Issues for Nisei and Their Future Well-Being in U.S. Assessed" (pp. 5, 68), "Evacuation Remembered, but Use of Nihongo Fading Away" (pp. 85-87), and "Tule Lake's Steel Cross Rededicated by 1976 Pilgrim ...
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).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 11 (September 13, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-37)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 11 (September 13, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-37)
Select article titles: "JACL hails signing of civil rights bill" (p. 1); "$1.3 Million claims measure signed by Ike" (p. 1); Senate Interior Committee urges Hawaii statehood without further delaying action" (p. 1); "Cut red tape for Nisei hero" 9p. 3); "Texas would bar Negro GIs wedded to German wives" (p. 3); "Spot survey by ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 9 (August 30, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-35)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 9 (August 30, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-35)
Select article titles: "'Voting rights' bill nears approval, JACL calls for enactment by solons" (p. 1); House, Senate Approves over Million Dollars foor Claimants" (p. 1); "Teaching of English in japan Wide-open Field" (p. 2); "Housewife Urges Canada newspaper Drop use of 'Jap' in Headlines" (p. 5); "'Family Hardship' Immigration Bill O.K. By Congress Predicted ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 7 (August 16, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-33)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 7 (August 16, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-33)
Select article titles: "Matsudaira to cooperate in JACL campaign to depopularize 'Jap'"; "First Evacuee Claim to Court of Claims Filed" (p. 1); "JACL urges congressional action on Dirkson or comparable immigration bill" (p. 1); "Over 200 attend NC-WNDC quarterly hosted by Monterey CLers, hear Czech American tell experiences behind Iron Curtain" (p. 4); "Consul-General in Full ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 19 (November 8, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-45)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 19 (November 8, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-45)
Select article titles: "Racial Hate Groups Stepping Up Activities in West Coast Cities" (p. 1); "Severe repercussions feared by newsman over present U.S. policy with Japan" (p. 2); "Purpose of amici briefs filed by 14 organizations to aid NAACP accomplished" (p. 8); "$55,000 Vested Funds Returned to New Yorkers" (p. 8).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 23 (December 6, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-49)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 23 (December 6, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-49)
Select article titles: "U.S. Admits 6,000 Immigratnts from Japan in 1956-57" (p. 1); "Idaho governor urges Nisei help rid Intolerance, 1000ers celebrate" (p. 1); "Confusion among Nisei on U.S.-Japan affairs draws comment from Tokyo writer" (p. 2); "Bandits slug Issei, attempt to rob Nat'l JACL quarters" (p. 3); "Obnoxious term in ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 22 (November 29, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-48)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 22 (November 29, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-48)
Select article titles: "Sacrifice of Nisei during bombing of Pearl Harbor told" (p. 1); "Immigration authorities guilty of discrimination in blood test rule" (p. 1); "Bloc voting in Hawaii sensed on mainland unseen by savant" (p. 2); "Canadian Nisei leaders challeneged by Japanese ambassador to cooperate in bettering friendly relations of nations" (p. 3); "Another $1 ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 8 (August 23, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-34)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 8 (August 23, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-34)
Select article titles: "See Additional Million Dollars For Claimants" (p. 1); "'Family Hardship' Immigration Bill Ok'd by House Committee" (p. 1); "Use of 'Jap' in another children's book protested; public library decides to retain" (p. 1); "Women from foreign nations married to Hawaii men in poll: find large group of unhappy Japanese girls married ...
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