Issei

The earliest wave of Japanese immigrants, the Issei (first generation), had a strong sense of their ethnic identity and retained the values and traditions of their country of birth. Most came to the United States as sojourners and planned to return to Japan after earning their fortunes. In addition, discriminatory laws forbade them from becoming American citizens and from exercising other basic rights, such as owning or leasing land. Since they were thus prevented from fully taking part in American life, it is not surprising that many still identified strongly with the culture of their homeland.

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Yukiko Miyake Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-49-10)
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Issei's attitude toward discrimination: "They are hakujin"
Jim Akutsu Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-2-2)
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Father's family background and parental lessons: broaden your environment

Interview was conducted over two days because of delays caused by technical difficulties.

Jim Akutsu Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-2-6)
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Parents' emphasis on participating in community activities

Interview was conducted over two days because of delays caused by technical difficulties.

Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-76-17)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-76-17)
Participating in community activities

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Ben Uyeno Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-100-15)
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Issei-Nisei values: keeping the young people busy, support for the Courier League
Tomio Moriguchi Interview I Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-59-3)
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Running store and raising the family, "The quiet strength" of mother
Tom Akashi Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-164-16)
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Observing the generational shift in camp: Nisei take over the primary roles, while Issei are supporting
Mutsu Homma Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-24-16)
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Compromise between "baishakunin" (match-makers) and dating
Gordon Hirabayashi Interview II Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-18-2)
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Father's religious principles and mores: an "honest day's work," and memories of father's honest selling practices
Ryo Imamura Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-27-3)
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Issei values, community service and compassion: grandparents' ministry, caring for the children of Issei farm laborers
Mako Nakagawa Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-66-15)
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Parents' respect for the United States and loyalty to Japan
Frank Yamasaki Interview I Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-107-6)
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Raising Nisei children within the community, Issei methods of parental control
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