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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Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-251)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-251)
Black and white photographic negative of five Obon dancers posing for camera in front of trees. First from the left: Kaoru Funatake, fifth from left: Masano Hachiya Yamasaki. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Obon Festival (ddr-one-1-295)
img Obon Festival (ddr-one-1-295)
Black and white photographic negative of two unidentified Japanese women in western style clothing with "tenugui" (light cotton towels) around their necks. They are holding "uchiwa" (fan) posing for the camera indoors. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-315)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-315)
Black and white photographic negative of two Obon dancers posing with "uchiwa" (fan). From left to right: Tomi Tsujimura and Yachiyo Morita. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 27 (December 23-30, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-50)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 27 (December 23-30, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-50)
Selected article titles: "Jappan-United States Friendship Act Lacks Nikkei Participation" (p.37), "Mandate of 1976 JACL Convention Being Carried Out at Snail's Pace" (p.38, 40), "East West Players, Asian American Actors Group, Now in 13th Season" (p.41), "Interracial Marriages" (p.44-46), "My Sansei Son" (p.50), "Little Tokyo Towers, Home of Happy Issei ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 9 (March 1, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-9)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 9 (March 1, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-9)
Selected article titles: "Nisei employers note on-the-job training program" (p. 1), "JACL placed on record in Sentate for rights bills" (p. 1), "Kido recounts his 40 years inside League" (p. 1), "Seattle newsletter survey made on central area school issue" (p. 1), "Civil Rights and the Senate" (p. 2), "San Francisco new Nihonmachi awaits formal dedication ...
Junkoh Harui Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-11-26)
vh Junkoh Harui Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-11-26)
Lessons learned from rebuilding, the importance of honor, dignity, and family legacy

This interview was done outdoors in the Bainbridge Gardens Nursery which resulted in increased background noise and frequent interruptions by the business P.A. system.

Tomio Moriguchi Interview I Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-59-3)
vh Tomio Moriguchi Interview I Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-59-3)
Running store and raising the family, "The quiet strength" of mother
Jim Akutsu Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-2-2)
vh Jim Akutsu Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-2-2)
Father's family background and parental lessons: broaden your environment

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

Ben Uyeno Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-100-15)
vh Ben Uyeno Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-100-15)
Issei-Nisei values: keeping the young people busy, support for the Courier League
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 63, No. 24 (December 9, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-49)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 63, No. 24 (December 9, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-49)
Select article titles: "Justice of fair housing law cited by JACL at Calif. State hearing" (p. 1); "Southwest JACLer contribute valuable stamp collection to Jewish Nat'l. Fund" (p. 1); "Arizona Issei pioneers in tribute from chapter" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 63, No. 19 (November 4, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-44)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 63, No. 19 (November 4, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-44)
Select article titles: "Prop. 15 benefits Issei, opposition press informed" (p. 1); "Matsudaira: First Issei Engineer" (p. 1); "Supports of Freedom: Law, Ballot" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, The Summer Supplement (June 3, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-53)
doc Pacific Citizen, The Summer Supplement (June 3, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-53)
Select article titles: "Dance of Japan" (p. 1); "Realistic attitude of Issei heritage asked" (p. 1); "Vivid scenes of Japan customs seen in Dance" (p. 3); "Heritage: Value and Responsibilities" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol.76, No. 02, (January 19, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-2)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol.76, No. 02, (January 19, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-2)
Select article titles: "Minority Task Force Accuses County Personnel Tests Replete with Bias" (p.1); "Sen. Inouye Calls Massive Raids on Vietnam Radically Oriented" (p.1); "Nisei Evacuee Recalls Life in 'Concentration Camp'" (p.1); "Japan Student Slain in N.Y." (p.1).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No. 4 (July 27, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-30)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No. 4 (July 27, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-30)
Selected article titles: "Gov. Brown Vows to Make Appeal to JFK on Japanese Evacuees Tax Claim" (p.1), "Myer Lauds Calm Attitude of Issei in Convention Tribute" (p.1), "The Portuguese of Hawaii, Once Classified Separately in Census, Preferred by Sugar Planters Because of Philosophy" (p.1-2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No.2 (July 13, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-28)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No.2 (July 13, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-28)
Selected article titles: "In Memoriam: Scotty Tsuchiya" (p.1), "Public School Prayers" (p.1), "Housing for Aged Issei in S.F. Urged" (p.2), "Architects Selected for 'Nihonmachi'" (p.2), "Early California History of Japanese Inspires Youth Delegates at NC-WNDC Meet" (p.4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 10 (March 9, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-10)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 10 (March 9, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-10)
Selected article titles: "Statewide Idaho Campaign Launched to Remove Anti-Oriental Voting Law" (p.1), "June 1 Target Date Set for Issei Story Financial Drive" (p.1-2), "Atmospheric Nuclear Testing" (p.1).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 10 (March 5, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-10)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 10 (March 5, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-10)
Selected article titles: "1st Civil Rights Bill Passed in State of Utah" (p.1), "Home-Owners near Farm Labor Camp Protest Skid-Row Recruits" (p.1), "Wyoming Governor Signs Act Repealing Miscegenation Law" (p.1), "Immigration Testimony" (p.2), "First California Gray Whale Captured Alive for Sea World by Nisei Commercial Whaler, Considered Top U.S. Sharpshooter" (p ...
Portrait of a woman and children (ddr-densho-353-30)
img Portrait of a woman and children (ddr-densho-353-30)
Captioned: "A Japanese female domestic and her charges."
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 51, No. 14 (September 30, 1960) (ddr-pc-32-40)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 51, No. 14 (September 30, 1960) (ddr-pc-32-40)
Select article titles: "White House aide cited by JACL" (p. 1); "Ambassador MacArthur II lauds Nisei for 'doing their full share' to aid U.S.-Japan" (p. 1); "10-Point Program Outlining Needs of Aging Issei Drafted for JACL" (p.8)
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 12 (March 31, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-12)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 12 (March 31, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-12)
Selected article titles: "Asians Protest Propsed for Employer Knowingly Hiring Illegals" (p.1), "Interviewing Techniques Initial Course for Univ. of Utah Asian Studies Class" (p.1), "Encampment for Citizenship Seeks Asian Applicants" (p.2), "Issei Suicide Pattern Noted in Med Journal" (p.3-4), "Nisei Grower-Shipper Accused in $40 Million Class Action Suit" (p.4)
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 75, No. 9 (September 1, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-34)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 75, No. 9 (September 1, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-34)
Selected article titles: "Bilingual Recreation Program Approved" (p.1), "Union Poster Against Imports Called 'Racist'" (p.1), "Nixon Orders End to Quotas in Minority Hiring" (p.3), "Evacuation Should Be Allowed to Take Its Place in History, Says Evacuee" (p.6).
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