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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Kay Matsuoka Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-48-27)
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Description of Japanese customs of "kosai" (reciprocity), "baishakunin" and "nakodo" (matchmaker)
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
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
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
Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-84-13)
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A brief attempt at schooling in Japan, struggling with a "manners" class

References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.

Mitsuye May Yamada - Joe Yasutake - Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-135-13)
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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)
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Mitsuye's upbringing: raised differently by mother as the only girl, being raised in Japan, and having poor health
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