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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Letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to Mr. Seiichi Okine, November 1, 1950 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-271)
doc Letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to Mr. Seiichi Okine, November 1, 1950 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-271)
A letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. Jokichi informs that he has received the chrysanthemums mailed from the Okines but that the flowers are a little damaged because he was not notified of their arrival due to telephone troubles. Due to the delay, the flowers were left in the ...
[Okines' relatives, chrysanthemum flowers] (ddr-csujad-5-61)
img [Okines' relatives, chrysanthemum flowers] (ddr-csujad-5-61)
A black and white negative. Photographed are probably the Okines' relatives standing in a greenhouse of chrysanthemum flowers. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_06_015
Kiichi Tange interview (ddr-csujad-6-30)
doc Kiichi Tange interview (ddr-csujad-6-30)
Oral history interview with Kiichi Tange. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_TANGE_KIICHI
[Tomeyo Okine] (ddr-csujad-5-321)
img [Tomeyo Okine] (ddr-csujad-5-321)
A photograph of Tomeyo Okine posing in front of her family's car which was purchased before the forced removal and incarceration. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 5. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_08_005_004
Fude Tanioka interview (ddr-csujad-6-32)
doc Fude Tanioka interview (ddr-csujad-6-32)
Oral history interview with Fude Tanioka. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_TANIOKA_FUDE
Ruth Okuye Ihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-8)
doc Ruth Okuye Ihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-8)
Oral history interview with Ruth Okuye Ihara. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_IHARA_RUTH
Fresno West Side (ddr-csujad-8-13)
doc Fresno West Side (ddr-csujad-8-13)
Oral history interview with Mr. Nori Masuda, Mrs. Masako Inada, Mrs. Fumi Nakajima, and Mrs. Setsu Hirasuna. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Fresno West Side
Harry Sakae Watanabe (ddr-csujad-8-83)
doc Harry Sakae Watanabe (ddr-csujad-8-83)
A statement by Sakae Watanabe. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Watanabe, Harry Sakae
Teruye Ogawa (ddr-csujad-8-55)
doc Teruye Ogawa (ddr-csujad-8-55)
Oral history interview with Teruye [Terue] Ogawa. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Ogawa, Teruye
Kiyo Imai (ddr-csujad-8-25)
doc Kiyo Imai (ddr-csujad-8-25)
Oral history interview with Kiyo Imai. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Imai, Kiyo
Fred Hirasuna (ddr-csujad-8-88)
doc Fred Hirasuna (ddr-csujad-8-88)
Oral history interview with Fred Hirasuna. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Hirasuna, Fred
Gen Goto (ddr-csujad-8-15)
doc Gen Goto (ddr-csujad-8-15)
Oral history interview with Gen Goto. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Goto, Gen
Bishop Ryotei Matsukage (ddr-csujad-11-24)
img Bishop Ryotei Matsukage (ddr-csujad-11-24)
A photograph of men dressed in suits sit together on the grass. Includes Bishop Ryotei Matsukage. From page 12 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_12_001
Large group of people with a rope (ddr-csujad-11-179)
img Large group of people with a rope (ddr-csujad-11-179)
A large group of formally dressed men and women pose together holding a rope. From page 65 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_65_001
Two people in a park (ddr-csujad-11-178)
img Two people in a park (ddr-csujad-11-178)
A man and a woman pose together in a park or garden. The caption reads: June 1943, Rivers Arizona. From page 64 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_64_001
Day at the Fair with Father (ddr-csujad-11-94)
img Day at the Fair with Father (ddr-csujad-11-94)
A man and two women are photographed together. The woman to the left of the man is most likely Tazu Kawamoto. The man is therefore her father, Sadaichi Kawamoto, as the caption reads: Day at the Fair with Father. The fair she is referring to is the 1939 San Francisco World's Fair. The woman to ...
Japanese in Our Midst (ddr-csujad-19-50)
doc Japanese in Our Midst (ddr-csujad-19-50)
This is an article from the magazine "The Atlantic Monthly," April 1943 which provides a detailed description about the large number of Japanese American people settled in "permanent relocation centers" on the West Coast. It also talks about the distinction between citizen and non-citizen among "the Japanese evacuees." See this object in the California State Universities ...
Letter from Alan Hunter to Wendell Miller, 27 June [circa 1942] (ddr-csujad-20-11)
av Letter from Alan Hunter to Wendell Miller, 27 June [circa 1942] (ddr-csujad-20-11)
Letter from Allan Hunter, minister of the Mt Hollywood Congregational Church regarding Miller's letters from Nisei and Issei. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WLM_01-44_05
Letter from Rose Tani to Rev. [Wendell L.] Miller, circa 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-8)
doc Letter from Rose Tani to Rev. [Wendell L.] Miller, circa 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-8)
Personal letter written from the Santa Anita Assembly Center expressing gratitude for Miller's having allowed them to store goods at his church; also thanks Miller and Reverend Clay for the lunch prepared by church members, and describes church services for Issei and for Nisei. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization ...
Chapter 8, 9, 10 personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-35)
doc Chapter 8, 9, 10 personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-35)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including movies, dances, dissatisfaction with recreation, family dynamics, desire to leave camp, cultural and generational differences, and weather. Each entry includes the full date and student name. The entries were part of a class assignment and collected for the ...
Outline of University of California study of evacuation and resettlement (ddr-csujad-26-2)
doc Outline of University of California study of evacuation and resettlement (ddr-csujad-26-2)
Outline for an academic social science study, the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS), led by the University of California of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Outline highlights area of administrative, social, political and personal areas to be studied by a team of researchers encamped with incarcerees. See this object in ...
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-33)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-33)
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 portrait of a Japanese man in academic dress and photographs of infants dressed for a Japanese traditional ceremony for newborns. See this object in the California ...
Taenaka family, picnic (ddr-csujad-25-262)
img Taenaka family, picnic (ddr-csujad-25-262)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are eight photographs of the Takenaka family at a picnic. The photographs are most likely taken in California around 1925. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_057
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
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-39)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-39)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Includes Japanese male children, men, and women. Two photographs capture a Japanese man wearing academic dress. One photograph captures three Japanese children in kimono. The photographs appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization ...
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