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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Shoichi Kobara Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1015-8-4)
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Father's thoughts on living in the U.S.: "The future is here"
Edward H. Mitsukado Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1007-4-4)
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Learning life lessons from father

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Jimmie Omura Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1002-11-3)
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Description of father

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on issues surrounding the ...

Aiko Herzig Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-8-1)
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Family background: parents worked hard before World War II

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead ...

An Oral History with Mitsuhiko H. Shimizu - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-57-1)
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Issei community leader and businessman in Los Angeles's Little Tokyo recounts his arrest by Federal Bureau of Investigation after Pearl Harbor, his experiences in internment camps in North Dakota and Louisiana, and the Manzanar incarceration camp, California. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project, Oral History Program, CSU Fullerton. Translated into ...
An Oral History with Reverend Seytsu Takahashi - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-58-1)
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Issei Buddhist bishop and superintendent of Kayasan Temple in Little Tokyo since 1931 recounts his wartime experiences and internment at Fort Missoula, Montana; Livingstone, Louisiana; and Crystal City, Texas. Transcribed in both Japanese and English. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project, Oral History Program, CSU Fullerton. Audio is found in ...
George Azumano Interview Segment 8 (ddr-one-7-32-8)
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Parents' values: importance of education

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Kay Matsuoka Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-48-4)
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Issei parents' values and attitudes: the importance of continuing Japanese culture
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
Frank Yamasaki Interview I Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-107-10)
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Language barriers: mother's difficulties with language and customs
Kay Matsuoka Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-48-5)
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Issei parents' values and attitudes: on being Japanese in America, "lose to win," and "study harder..."
Kay Matsuoka Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-48-27)
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Description of Japanese customs of "kosai" (reciprocity), "baishakunin" and "nakodo" (matchmaker)
Mako Nakagawa Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-66-15)
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Parents' respect for the United States and loyalty to Japan
Yae Aihara Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-221-15)
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Some Isseis' difficulty accepting Japan's loss in World War II
Chizuko Norton Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-73-6)
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Issei acculturation, learning how to be more "American"
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