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.

Nisei (1415)

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Japanese American infant (ddr-densho-26-43)
img Japanese American infant (ddr-densho-26-43)
Written in corner of the photograph "1932". The infant is most likely Akio Yanagihara born September 1932 to Kinnosuke and Shuzue Yanagihara.
Japanese Americans at the University of Washington (ddr-densho-26-195)
img Japanese Americans at the University of Washington (ddr-densho-26-195)
A group of Japanese Americans pose in front of the George Washington statue located on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. The statue was created by Lorado Taft, also the sculptor of the Fountain of Time.
Japanese American children (ddr-densho-26-69)
img Japanese American children (ddr-densho-26-69)
Akio Yanagihara poses in the second row middle with other Japanese American children.
Japanese American child (ddr-densho-26-96)
img Japanese American child (ddr-densho-26-96)
Imprint in the corner of photograph: "H. Ishitsuka"
Japanese American man (ddr-densho-26-225)
img Japanese American man (ddr-densho-26-225)
Back of photograph indicates that it is actually a postcard
Japanese American boy (ddr-densho-26-63)
img Japanese American boy (ddr-densho-26-63)
Akio Yanagihara poses on the running board of a car. Written in the corner of the photograph is "Aug. 1937"
Letter from Takashi Matsuura to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, December 24, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-192)
doc Letter from Takashi Matsuura to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, December 24, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-192)
A letter from Takashi Matsuura to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. In the letter, he gives his appreciation for the gift of oranges. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_02_36_001
[Photograph of the Okine family] (ddr-csujad-5-322)
img [Photograph of the Okine family] (ddr-csujad-5-322)
Photographed are Makoto, Dorothy Ai, and Masao Okine standing in front of their car which was purchased before the forced removal and incarceration. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 5. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_08_005_005
Western Union telegraph from Masao Okine to S. Okine. September 26, 1946 (ddr-csujad-5-162)
doc Western Union telegraph from Masao Okine to S. Okine. September 26, 1946 (ddr-csujad-5-162)
A Western Union telegram from Masao Okine to his father Seiichi Okine in Whittier, California. It notifies of Masao's arrival at San Francisco from Japan where he has been stationed as a Nisei soldier and his next destination, Chicago, where his wife, Ayame, resides. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization ...
[Japanese American man] (ddr-csujad-5-26)
img [Japanese American man] (ddr-csujad-5-26)
Photographed is a Japanese American man. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_05_011
George and Kuni Yamanaka [wedding photograph] (ddr-csujad-5-3)
George and Kuni Yamanaka [wedding photograph] (ddr-csujad-5-3)
A photograph from George and Kuni Yamanaka's wedding given to "Mr. and Mrs. Mas Okine" [Masao and Ayame Okine]. The photograph is taken at a Buddhist temple by Fred Jumura Studios in San Jose, California. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_01_003
Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, January 10, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-121)
doc Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, January 10, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-121)
A letter from Masao Okine to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine in Hawthorne. This letter is written in Japan where Masao is currently stationed as a Nisei soldier and mailed via San Francisco by the U.S. Army Postal Service. In the letter, Masao describes his work as a US Army solider in Japan: He ...
[Sumie Alice Sumii?] (ddr-csujad-5-333)
img [Sumie Alice Sumii?] (ddr-csujad-5-333)
Photographed is probably Sumie Alice Sumii. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 8. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_08_008_008
[Japanese American woman, Christmas] (ddr-csujad-5-65)
img [Japanese American woman, Christmas] (ddr-csujad-5-65)
A black and white negative. Photographed is a Japanese American woman sitting on a chair next to a Christmas tree in a room. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_06_019
[Japanese American soldier] (ddr-csujad-5-21)
img [Japanese American soldier] (ddr-csujad-5-21)
A photograph of a Japanese American soldier taken at a parade ground at Camp Blanding, Florida. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_05_005
Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, January 19, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-124)
doc Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, January 19, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-124)
A letter from Masao Okine to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine in Hawthorne, California. This letter is written in Japan where Masao is stationed as a U.S. military soldier and mailed via San Francisco by the U.S. Army Postal Service. Masao describes his stay in Japan, being transferred from Sagamihara, Kanagawa, to Tokyo ...
Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, September 24, 1945 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-109)
doc Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, September 24, 1945 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-109)
A letter from Makoto Okine who is probably stationed in Italy as a U.S. military soldier to his father, Seiichi Okine in the Rohwer incarceration camp, Arkansas. He describes his vacation, staying in a hotel and eating at a restaurant. He states that he has not had a chance to sleep in a bed with ...
Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, June 10, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-148)
doc Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, June 10, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-148)
A letter from Masao Okine to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. Masao Okine writes from Japan where he is stationed as a US Army soldier. This letter is mailed via San Francisco by the U.S. Army Postal Service. The letter includes updates, informing of the arrival of his parents' four letters written on May ...
Makoto Okine (ddr-csujad-5-22)
Makoto Okine (ddr-csujad-5-22)
A photograph of Makoto Okine in the US Military uniform. The photograph is addressing his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine and signed from Makoto Okine. It is taken by American Red Cross Photography Shop in Livorno, Italy, where Makoto is stationed as a US Army soldier. The note on the backside records the arrival of the ...
Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, March 26, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-191)
doc Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, March 26, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-191)
A letter from Makoto Okine to his father, Seiichi Okine. He writes from Italy where he is stationed as a Nisei solder. The letter is mailed via New York by the U.S. Army Postal Service. In the letter, he explains how Seiichi would receive 25.00 dollars of the military family allowance monthly. The government ...
Letters from Makoto Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, March 21, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-138)
doc Letters from Makoto Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, March 21, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-138)
Contains two letters and one envelope mailed by Makoto Okine from Italy where he is stationed as an U.S. Army soldier. He writes to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine in Hawthorne, California, separately and encloses two letters in one envelope. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_60_001-003
Letter from Edwin Matsuura to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, April 25, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-203)
doc Letter from Edwin Matsuura to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, April 25, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-203)
A letter from Edwin Takashi Matsuura to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. The letter includes general correspondence, enquiring about the health and well-being of the Okine family. He also encloses a letter from Jokichi Yamanaka in Hiroshima, Japan, addressing the Okines. The arrival date of the letter, April 25, 1947, is recorded on the backside of the ...
Card from Masao Okine to Mrs. S. Okine, March 5, 1946 (ddr-csujad-5-136)
doc Card from Masao Okine to Mrs. S. Okine, March 5, 1946 (ddr-csujad-5-136)
A card for Mother's Day from Masao Okine to his mother, Tomeyo Okine in Hawthorne, California. He probably writes from Japan where he is deployed as a U.S. Army soldier. The card is mailed via San Francisco by the U.S. Army Postal Service. The handwritten notes on the backside of the envelope read ...
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