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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Kamie Taenaka, Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party (ddr-csujad-25-145)
img Kamie Taenaka, Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party (ddr-csujad-25-145)
A photograph of the tourists of the Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party, including Kamie Taenaka, taken in Japan. Location is unknown. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_017
Taenaka family portraits (ddr-csujad-25-251)
img Taenaka family portraits (ddr-csujad-25-251)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are two portraits of the Taenaka family taken in 1918 and 1920 in Los Angeles, California. Left photograph includes: Tamesaburo, Kamie, Haruko, Yaeko, Ukichi, and Toshikuni; Right photograph includes: Tamesaburo, Kamie, Haruko, Yaeko, and Toshikuni. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese ...
Family in Japan, ritual event (ddr-csujad-25-151)
img Family in Japan, ritual event (ddr-csujad-25-151)
A photograph of the local Japanese taken at a ritual event in Totsugawa, Japan. This photograph most likely includes the Taenakas' relatives. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_023
Tamie and Haruko Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-257)
img Tamie and Haruko Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-257)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the pages are eight photographs taken in El Monte, California. Include Kamie and Haruko Taenaka. Photographs also include Durfee's house, and a ranch with horses and cattle, where the Taenakas work. The photographs are probably taken in 1913. See this object in the California State Universities ...
Atami Meshiya Kyokai [Church of World Messianity in Atami] (ddr-csujad-25-144)
img Atami Meshiya Kyokai [Church of World Messianity in Atami] (ddr-csujad-25-144)
A photograph of the tourists of Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party taken at Church of World Messianity in Atami, Japan. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_016
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-25)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-25)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Includes a photograph of a Japanese woman in kimono with a female child taken in front of hina ningyo, a set of ornamental dolls for Girls' Day, which appears to be taken in Japan. Also includes a photograph of a Japanese man in a suit, women in ...
Saito family (ddr-csujad-25-3)
img Saito family (ddr-csujad-25-3)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Includes a portrait of a Japanese man, named "Saito," taken at "Aiko Studio" in Seattle, Washington. All photographs pasted on the page appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Includes Japanese men in suits, woman, and children. Also includes a photograph capturing a group ...
Mohei and Sadae Umeda (ddr-csujad-25-235)
img Mohei and Sadae Umeda (ddr-csujad-25-235)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are five photographs of the Taenaka family's relatives. Includes: Mohei and Sadae Uemeda who are Kamie Taenaka's sister and brother-in-law, most likely taken in California between 1910s and 1920s. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_030
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-31)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-31)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Four photographs are pasted on the page and appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Include portraits of a Japanese woman in western dress and male children. Also include a group photograph of a Japanese family. See this object in the California State Universities ...
Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-229)
img Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-229)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page is a family portrait of a Japanese family in Japan, most likely the Taenakas' relatives. The photograph appears to be taken in the early 1900s. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_024
Japanese man (ddr-csujad-25-19)
img Japanese man (ddr-csujad-25-19)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Four photographs are pasted on the page. The photographs appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Include a Japanese man in suits, and a house. Also include male and female Caucasians. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ...
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-357)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-357)
A photograph of a Japanese family, including a man, a woman, and three children in western clothing. They pose standing in front of a car. The photograph is probably taken in the early 1900s. Location is unknown. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_12_019
Taenaka family portrait (ddr-csujad-25-252)
img Taenaka family portrait (ddr-csujad-25-252)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page is a portrait of the Taenaka family taken in Los Angeles, California around 1930. Includes Tamesaburo, Kamie, Haruko, Yaeko, Ukichi, Toshikuni, Chiyoko, and Saiko. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_047
Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-219)
img Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-219)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are four photographs of the Taenakas' relatives in Japan. Include Japanese women and man in kimono, a deck of a Japanese passenger ship, and a scenic photograph which is probably Totsugawa, Japan. The photographs are probably taken in the early 1900s. See this object ...
Grave stone (ddr-csujad-25-201)
img Grave stone (ddr-csujad-25-201)
A group photograph of the Taenaka family with Tamesaburo Taenaka's grave stone at a cemetery taken in 1955 probably in Los Angeles, California. Includes Kamie Taenaka and Toshikuni Taenaka. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_073
Kamie Taenaka,Totsugawa (ddr-csujad-25-165)
img Kamie Taenaka,Totsugawa (ddr-csujad-25-165)
A photograph of Kamie Taenaka and her relatives probably taken in Totsugawa, Japan. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_037
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-37)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-37)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Three photographs are pasted on the page. Include a family portrait of a Japanese man in suits, woman in kimono, and children; a portrait of a Japanese female child; and a photograph of Japanese women in western dress. The photographs appear to be taken in Washington in ...
Koyasan [Los Angeles Branch] Tourist Party, [departure] (ddr-csujad-25-135)
img Koyasan [Los Angeles Branch] Tourist Party, [departure] (ddr-csujad-25-135)
A group photograph of the tourists of the Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party in front of a Japan Air Line airplane at San Francisco International Airport before departure. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_007
Family in Japan] (ddr-csujad-25-174)
img Family in Japan] (ddr-csujad-25-174)
A photograph of a Japanese man and child taken at a Shinto shrine in postwar Japan. They are probably the Taenakas' relatives. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_046
Atami Meshiya Kyokai [Church of World Messianity in Atami] (ddr-csujad-25-143)
img Atami Meshiya Kyokai [Church of World Messianity in Atami] (ddr-csujad-25-143)
A photograph of the tourists of Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party taken at Church of World Messianity in Atami, Japan. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_015
Kamie Taenaka, Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party (ddr-csujad-25-146)
img Kamie Taenaka, Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party (ddr-csujad-25-146)
A photograph of the tourists of the Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party, including Kamie Taenaka, taken in Japan. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_018
Wedding portrait (ddr-csujad-25-50)
img Wedding portrait (ddr-csujad-25-50)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Includes one wedding portrait: a Japanese man in suits and a Japanese woman in wedding kimono. The photograph is probably taken in the early 1900s. Location is unknown. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_07_01_050
Taenaka family, picnic (ddr-csujad-25-249)
img Taenaka family, picnic (ddr-csujad-25-249)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are eight photographs of the Taenaka family at a picnic taken around 1925. Also include streetcars most likely in Los Angeles, California. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_044
Totsugawa, ritual event (ddr-csujad-25-162)
img Totsugawa, ritual event (ddr-csujad-25-162)
A photograph taken at a ritual event in Totsugawa, Japan. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_034
Tamesaburo Tenaka, Japan (ddr-csujad-25-282)
img Tamesaburo Tenaka, Japan (ddr-csujad-25-282)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are six photographs including Tamesaburo Taenaka taken during his visit in Japan. The photographs include Ukichi Taenaka's wife and son and other local Japanese who are probably the Taenakas' relatives in Japan. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project ...
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