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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Nisei (1566)

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Nisei machinist preparing a truck axle in machine shop at Heart Mountain incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-14-11)
img Nisei machinist preparing a truck axle in machine shop at Heart Mountain incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-14-11)
Nisei machinist preparing a truck axle in machine shop at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. January 9, 1943. Photo by Tom Parker. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_TOMO_011
Japanese American News clippings, October 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-21)
doc Japanese American News clippings, October 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-21)
This document consists of several new clippings regarding the Japanese Americans from various tabloids during the period from September to October 1943. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_01-12_01
Democracy and the Nisei; An American Nuremberg Law (ddr-csujad-19-85)
doc Democracy and the Nisei; An American Nuremberg Law (ddr-csujad-19-85)
Two editorials from "The New Republic," vol. 107, no. 6, number 1445 (August 10, 1945). Titles include: Democracy and the Nisei; and An American Nuremberg Law. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_02-31_03
This isn't Japan (ddr-csujad-19-54)
doc This isn't Japan (ddr-csujad-19-54)
This is an article from the magazine "Common Ground," autumn 1942, by Mary Oyama which describes the cultural differences between the younger Japanese American Nisei and the older Issei generations. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_02-10_02
ST. Paul extends a hand (ddr-csujad-19-74)
doc ST. Paul extends a hand (ddr-csujad-19-74)
This article written by Alice L. Sickels describes St. Paul living up to its traditions of hospitality and friendliness to all people of all nationalities by welcoming resettled Japanese Americans. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_02-23_05
Community analysis report, no. 5, June 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-4)
doc Community analysis report, no. 5, June 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-4)
Titled as: Evacuee resistance to relocation. Presents three "fundamental reasons" for the "relocation program" designed to encourage people to move out of the incarceration centers, then describes the "ideal relocation program," which would see "every one relocated before June 30, 1944." Provides statistics on numbers of people who left centers on indefinite leave in April and ...
Community analysis report, no. 8, January 28, 1944 (ddr-csujad-19-58)
doc Community analysis report, no. 8, January 28, 1944 (ddr-csujad-19-58)
This issue is titled as Japanese Americans educated in Japan. The document describes about what happened to the children who grew up in California for a while, then went to school in Japan and finally returned back to California. It emphasizes on what effect did living and growing up in two such different places have on ...
Community Analysis Report, no. 6, July 21, 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-31)
doc Community Analysis Report, no. 6, July 21, 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-31)
Significant evidence of the high degree of Nisei assimilation of American ways, comparing favorably with the attainments of other groups of immigrants' children, has been briefly reviewed in this document. It discusses about the evidences of the Nisei assimilation based on the aspects of culture and manners, language, religion and ideals. See this object in the ...
Fujita family in front of Fujita Brothers Egg Ranch truck (ddr-csujad-23-2)
img Fujita family in front of Fujita Brothers Egg Ranch truck (ddr-csujad-23-2)
Shows a circa 1930 Graham Paige panel delivery truck parked in front of the Fujita Brothers Egg Ranch (Ely Road and Fujita Lane, Petaluma, California). Shown from left to right are siblings Katsumi (Henry) Fujita, Michi (Grace) Fujita, Eigi (George) Fujita and their father Tsuneji Fujita. This photo appears to have been taken on the same ...
Letter from Eji Suyama to Pacific Citizen (ddr-csujad-24-92)
doc Letter from Eji Suyama to Pacific Citizen (ddr-csujad-24-92)
A letter from Eji Suyama to Pacific Citizen regarding the exclusion of Nisei from universities in the United States during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_07_009
Taenaka family with the Japanese American community in Los Angeles, California (ddr-csujad-25-266)
img Taenaka family with the Japanese American community in Los Angeles, California (ddr-csujad-25-266)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are four photographs including the Taenaka family and the Japanese American community in Los Angeles, California. Two of the photographs are taken on the deck of the ship. Another photograph includes a baseball player of the local Japanese American baseball team, Rafu Nippon. The ...
Taenaka family, picnic (ddr-csujad-25-222)
img Taenaka family, picnic (ddr-csujad-25-222)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are seven photographs of the Taenaka family at a picnic. Include: Tamesaburo, Kamie, Haruko, Yaeko, Ukichi, Toshikuni, Chiyoko, and Saiko, most likely taken between 1924 and 1925 in California. One of the photographs captures the California Incline in Santa Monica, California. See this object ...
Japanese American soldier, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-114)
img Japanese American soldier, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-114)
A photograph of a Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform. He poses, lying down on a military bed. The photograph is probably taken in Camp Savage, Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_056
Ko Umeda Michiko sogi kinen satsuei [Commemorative photograph for the late Michiko Umeda funeral] (ddr-csujad-25-240)
img Ko Umeda Michiko sogi kinen satsuei [Commemorative photograph for the late Michiko Umeda funeral] (ddr-csujad-25-240)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page is a photograph taken to commemorate the funeral for Michiko Umeda, who is probably a daughter of Mohei and Sadae Umeda, held on March 2, 1924 in California. The attendees include Tamesaburo, Kamie, Haruko, Yaeko, Ukichi, Toshikuni, Chiyoko, and Saiko Taenaka. The photograph is ...
Taenaka family, picnic (ddr-csujad-25-264)
img Taenaka family, picnic (ddr-csujad-25-264)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are seven photographs of a family picnic, including Kamie, Haruko, Yaeko, Ukichi, Toshikuni, Chiyoko, and Saiko Taenaka. The photographs are taken between 1923 and 1924 in Los Angeles, California. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_059
Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-109)
img Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-109)
A photograph of a Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform with Technician Fifth Grade (T/5) insignia on the arm. He crouches, feeding pigeons. The photograph is probably taken in Camp Savage, Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_051
Domain of Neptunus Rex (ddr-csujad-25-127)
doc Domain of Neptunus Rex (ddr-csujad-25-127)
A certificate for line-crossing ceremony issued on a US Navy ship during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_072
Taenaka family, friends (ddr-csujad-25-250)
img Taenaka family, friends (ddr-csujad-25-250)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are two photographs of Japanese or Japanese American female and male children. Include one of the Taenakas' daughters. Both photographs are taken in Los Angeles, California between 1920 and 1930. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_045
9A Class McCarver Intermediate School (ddr-csujad-25-347)
img 9A Class McCarver Intermediate School (ddr-csujad-25-347)
A group photograph of the 9A Class students of Morton Matthew McCarver Middle School in Tacoma, Seattle. The photograph is taken by A. B. Read Photo Studio in Tacoma, Washington in front of the school building in June 1936. Inscription reads: Read A37_09. It appears that this photograph belongs to "Fusako Yoshihara." Autographed by students on ...
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-66)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-66)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with Private First Class insignia on the arm and a helmet. He poses, standing in front of the house where probably his parents reside in Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_008
Trip to United States (ddr-csujad-25-216)
img Trip to United States (ddr-csujad-25-216)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are eight photographs of the Taenaka family and their relatives, including Kamie, Haruko, and Toshikuni, most likely taken in the early 1920s. Some photographs are taken on Chichibu Maru, a Japanese passenger ship. Other photographs are taken probably in Los Angeles, California. See this ...
Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-90)
img Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-90)
A photograph of the Taenaka family in a farm, Brighton, Colorado. Includes Kamie Taenaka and Yaeko Taenaka [?] in McMorrow's sugar beet farm. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0084. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_032
Toshikuni Taenaka, ukulele] (ddr-csujad-25-97)
img Toshikuni Taenaka, ukulele] (ddr-csujad-25-97)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier. He poses, playing the Ukulele. The photograph is probably taken in Camp Savage, Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_039
Haruko Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-270)
img Haruko Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-270)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page is a portrait of Haruko Taenaka probably taken in the early 1930s in Los Angeles, California. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_066
Nisei, UC Berkeley (ddr-csujad-25-315)
img Nisei, UC Berkeley (ddr-csujad-25-315)
A page from a photo album including Japanese family photographs. Pasted on the page are photographs of Japanese American students at the University of California, Berkeley. The inscription on one of the photographs reads, "To Alice, from Malian Komuro." The photographs are probably taken in the early 1900s. See this object in the California State Universities ...
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