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Nisei

The Nisei (second generation) felt the pull of two cultures. American born, attending public schools, and influenced by American popular culture, they shared the same idols, favorite songs and sports heroes as most other children of their generation. Wanting to fit in, many Nisei with Japanese first names dropped them for Western ones that their non-Japanese friends could easily pronounce. Yet, most grew up in Japanese neighborhoods, and their parents taught them the customs and values of the old country.

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Kenji Maruko Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1010-8-11)
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Mother's emphasis on speaking Japanese

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An Oral History with Norman Y. Mineta - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-55-1)
vh An Oral History with Norman Y. Mineta - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-55-1)
Japanese American congressman, representing the Thirteenth Congressional District of California, born and raised in San Jose, California, discusses his early life, graduation from the University of California, Berkeley, and receiving a commission and serving in the armed forces from 1953-1956. Recalls the removal, "relocation," and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II at the Heart ...
Tomio Moriguchi Interview II Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-60-23)
vh Tomio Moriguchi Interview II Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-60-23)
"Go out and meet people and talk to them," the importance of social graciousness
Kay Matsuoka Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-48-16)
vh Kay Matsuoka Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-48-16)
Various factors lead to marriage: Japanese matchmaking customs, old-fashioned romance, the war and impending incarceration
Kay Matsuoka Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-48-27)
vh Kay Matsuoka Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-48-27)
Description of Japanese customs of "kosai" (reciprocity), "baishakunin" and "nakodo" (matchmaker)
Kunio Otani Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-75-3)
vh Kunio Otani Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-75-3)
Learning English in school after growing up speaking Japanese
Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-172-5)
vh Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-172-5)
Observations of parents' relationship: no overt signs of affection
Sue Takimoto Okabe Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-74-3)
vh Sue Takimoto Okabe Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-74-3)
Childhood memories of a desire to be around other Japanese Americans, and parents' emphasis on education
Roger Shimomura Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-142-15)
vh Roger Shimomura Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-142-15)
Parents' and grandparents' values: disagreements about interracial dating
Mitsuye May Yamada - Joe Yasutake - Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-135-13)
vh Mitsuye May Yamada - Joe Yasutake - Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-135-13)
Memories of elementary school: dealing with the language barrier and perceived cultural differences
Mitsuye May Yamada - Joe Yasutake - Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-135-15)
vh Mitsuye May Yamada - Joe Yasutake - Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-135-15)
Mitsuye's upbringing: raised differently by mother as the only girl, being raised in Japan, and having poor health
Sadaichi Kubota Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-40-4)
vh Sadaichi Kubota Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-40-4)
Development of Nisei values in prewar Hawaii, Japanese language school

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because of the full conference schedule, interviews conducted at the reunion were generally shorter in length than the typical Densho interview and tend to concentrate on the individual's ...

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