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.

Issei (720)

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Japanese men and women (ddr-csujad-25-5)
img Japanese men and women (ddr-csujad-25-5)
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 Japanese men in suits and women in western dress. Some of the photographs are possibly taken at the Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle, Washington. See this object in ...
Horse drawn plow in sugar beet farm (ddr-csujad-25-101)
img Horse drawn plow in sugar beet farm (ddr-csujad-25-101)
A photograph of horses for a plow in a sugar beet farm. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_043
Gentlemen's clubs (ddr-csujad-25-296)
img Gentlemen's clubs (ddr-csujad-25-296)
A page from a photo album including Japanese family photographs. Pasted on the page are four photographs of groups of men. The groups appear to be gentlemens' clubs. Inscription on one of the photographs reads: "g.o.c banquet." Another photograph depicts members of the "Cosmopolitan Club," including Japanese men. Also includes a photograph of a ...
Tacoma Hongwanji Buddhist Church (ddr-csujad-25-340)
img Tacoma Hongwanji Buddhist Church (ddr-csujad-25-340)
A group photograph of the funeral attendees taken in front of "Tacoma Hongwanji Buddhist Church", in Tacoma, Washington. It is probably taken in the early 1900s. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_12_002
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-41)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-41)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Includes a Japanese man, male children, and a house.The photographs appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_07_01_041
Murooji (ddr-csujad-25-186)
img Murooji (ddr-csujad-25-186)
A photograph of a tourist taken at Murooji, a temple in Nara, Japan after the war. 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_058
Taenaka family, children (ddr-csujad-25-236)
img Taenaka family, children (ddr-csujad-25-236)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are six photographs of children, including Ukichi, Toshikuni, and Chiyoko Taenaka. The photographs are most likely taken in Los Angeles, California in the late 1920s. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_031
Kamie Taenaka or Sadae Umeda, grocery store (ddr-csujad-25-243)
img Kamie Taenaka or Sadae Umeda, grocery store (ddr-csujad-25-243)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page is a photograph of Kamie Taenaka or her sister, Sadae Umeda, and her child inside a grocery store. It appears that she is serving a Caucasian customer in the store. It is probably taken in Los Angeles, California between 1915 and 1925. See this ...
Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-191)
img Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-191)
A photograph of local Japanese men and women taken in Nagahama, Japan, around 1955. They are the Taenakas' relatives, including Ukichi Taenaka's wife and son. 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_063
Rosanzerusu Betsuin Kankodan [Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party, Byodoin] (ddr-csujad-25-142)
img Rosanzerusu Betsuin Kankodan [Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party, Byodoin] (ddr-csujad-25-142)
A group photograph of Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party, including Kamie Taenaka, taken at Byodoin, a temple in Kyoto, 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_014
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-35)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-35)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Three photographs are pasted on the page. Those photographs appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Include a family portrait of a Japanese man in a suit, a woman in western dress, and a female child. Also include a photograph of a Japanese infant ...
Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party, airplane (ddr-csujad-25-137)
img Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party, airplane (ddr-csujad-25-137)
A photograph of the tourists of the Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party taken in an airplane at San Francisco International Airport. 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_009
Seattle Judo championship (ddr-csujad-25-334)
img Seattle Judo championship (ddr-csujad-25-334)
A group photograph of Judo competitors with a championship flag. The fist Judo tournament was held by the Seattle Judo Association in December 1936. The photograph is taken by "Takano Studio," a photo studio in Seattle, Washington. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_11_01_004
Kamie Taenaka, ritual event (ddr-csujad-25-159)
img Kamie Taenaka, ritual event (ddr-csujad-25-159)
A photograph of Kamie Taenaka and her relatives 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_031
Taenaka family and relatives (ddr-csujad-25-217)
img Taenaka family and relatives (ddr-csujad-25-217)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are six photographs of the Taenaka family, including Yaeko, Chiyoko, and Saiko and their relatives, most likely taken in Los Angeles, California in the early 1930s. In the photographs, Japanese American females and children are wearing kimono. See this object in the California State ...
Taenaka family, portrait (ddr-csujad-25-209)
img Taenaka family, portrait (ddr-csujad-25-209)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page is a portrait of the Taenaka family taken in the late 1920s. Includes: Chiyoko, Kamie, Saiko, Tamesaburo, Toshikuni, Haruko, Ukichi, and Yaeko Taenaka. It is most likely taken in the late 1920s in Los Angeles, California. See this object in the California State Universities ...
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-311)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-311)
A page from a photo album including Japanese family photographs. Pasted on the page are family photographs including Japanese men, women, and children. Also includes a Caucasian family. One of the photographs captures a group of Japanese men along with a female child standing in front of a "Pacific Fruit Express" railroad refrigerator car. The photographs ...
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-8)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-8)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Five photographs are pasted on the page. All photographs appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Include a house; mountains; a stream locomotive of Great Northern Railroad; and children and woman siting on railroad ties. Also include a portrait of Japanese woman in kimono ...
Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-91)
img Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-91)
A photograph of the Taenaka family in a farm, Brighton, Colorado. Includes Tamesaburo Taenaka, Kamie Taenaka, Ukichi Taenaka [?], and Yaeko Taenaka [?], harvesting sugar beets in McMorrow's farm. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0081. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_033
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