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 (1628)

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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
Tamesaburo Taenaka and his family (ddr-csujad-25-203)
img Tamesaburo Taenaka and his family (ddr-csujad-25-203)
A photograph of Tamesaburo Taenaka and his daughter and grandchild taken at Sequoia National Park in 1943. 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_075
Toshikuni Taenaka, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-107)
img Toshikuni Taenaka, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-107)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, reading a magazine. 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_049
9A Class McCarver Junior High School (ddr-csujad-25-346)
img 9A Class McCarver Junior High School (ddr-csujad-25-346)
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 1939. Japanese American students are included. Inscription reads: Read A3772. See this object in the California State Universities …
Japanese family, female children (ddr-csujad-25-301)
img Japanese family, female children (ddr-csujad-25-301)
A page from a photo album including Japanese family photographs. Six photographs are pasted on the page. Include group photographs of both Japanese American and Caucasian children. One photograph depicts Japanese female children in kimono. Also include photographs of female children wearing Thanksgiving costumes. Another photograph depicting a building has a caption that reads, "West end …
Japanese American soldier, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-115)
img Japanese American soldier, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-115)
A photograph of a Japanese American soldier. 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_057
Haruko Taenaka, relatives (ddr-csujad-25-245)
img Haruko Taenaka, relatives (ddr-csujad-25-245)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are five portraits including Haruko Taenaka and the Taenakas' relatives. The photographs are probably taken in 1920s in Los Angeles, California. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_040
Japanese association (ddr-csujad-25-306)
img Japanese association (ddr-csujad-25-306)
A page from a photo album including Japanese family photographs. Pasted on the page are family photographs including Japanese men, women and children. One of the photographs captures a group of Japanese men who belong to the local Japanese association. Also include photographs of Japanese-American females taken at school and dated June 15, 1934. See this …
Japanese American community in Los Angeles, California (ddr-csujad-25-267)
img Japanese American community in Los Angeles, California (ddr-csujad-25-267)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are seven photographs including the Taenaka family and the Japanese American community in Los Angeles, California. Three of the photographs capture a group of Japanese American women in kimono. The photographs are taken around 1930. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-64)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-64)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army service uniform with a metal eagle insignia hat. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado, where his parents reside. The same image is found in item: uscb_jia_0121. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_006
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-93)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-93)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with Private First Class insignia on the arms. He poses, siting 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_035
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-312)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-312)
A page from a photo album including Japanese family photographs. Photographs pasted on the page include a Japanese or Japanese American man in perhaps a lab, a passenger ship, and beaches. Another photograph captures Japanese men and women barbecuing outside. The photographs are probably taken in the early 1900s. Location is unknown. See this object in …
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 …
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-71)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-71)
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 gas mask. He poses, holding a gas mask and standing in front of the house where his parents most likely reside in Brighton, Colorado. 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 …
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army combat uniform (ddr-csujad-25-60)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army combat uniform (ddr-csujad-25-60)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army combat uniform, resting with other soldiers. Inscription on the back of the photograph reads: 4-42, me. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_002
Structural report, institutional adjustments, V: educational institutions (ddr-csujad-26-20)
doc Structural report, institutional adjustments, V: educational institutions (ddr-csujad-26-20)
Essay observing education levels, types of students, and establishment of education programs at Tule Lake for English speaking students. Includes descriptions of programs for various age groups including nursery, primary, secondary, adult education, college and the Student Relocation Council. Report compiled as a portion of the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS). See this object …
View of the camp showing Castle Rock (ddr-csujad-26-102)
img View of the camp showing Castle Rock (ddr-csujad-26-102)
Photo of camp buildings and road down the middle backed by hilly landscape. Caption on back of photo reads, "View of the camp showing Castle Rock. A Nisei objected to this picture because the daisies in the corner relieve the dusty monotony of the camp." From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the …
Chapter 2, 3, 4, 5 personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-32)
doc Chapter 2, 3, 4, 5 personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-32)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including weather, social interactions, barracks noise, the desire to leave camp, prospect of discrimination, reflections on "one year since 'evacuation,'" and the journey to camp. Each entry includes the full date and student name. The entries were part of …
Part IV. Collective adjustments to the relocation center, chapter I: social structure of the community (ddr-csujad-26-5)
doc Part IV. Collective adjustments to the relocation center, chapter I: social structure of the community (ddr-csujad-26-5)
Description of camp social structures including "Caucasian-Japanese relations" highlighting tension and hostility by three groups that most directly involve Japanese Americans and the incarceration: The War Relocation Authority (WRA), the US Army and the American public. Using case - studies, the manuscript examines these relationships and discusses the circumstances of incarceration contributing to differences in social …
Recreational organization (ddr-csujad-26-10)
doc Recreational organization (ddr-csujad-26-10)
Report detailing the establishment of a recreation and community activities department including its organization, activities planning, personnel problems and conflicts, issues with structure and equipment, and a structural diagram of the community activities section. The report focuses on the place of recreation in the lives of incarcerees and the differences between Issei and Nisei leading to …
Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-44)
doc Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-44)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including social and cultural differences, personality conflicts, friendships, social interactions, school, dogs, memories, reflections on camp life, weather, a friend in the military visiting his parents in camp, hobbies, and opinions about other people and daily life. Each entry …
Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-38)
doc Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-38)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including classes, class discussions, assignments, grades, exams, homework and studying, interclass sports, graduation, dances, and a carnival fundraiser for yearbook. Each entry includes the full date and student name. The entries were part of a class assignment and collected …
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 …
Structural report, institutional adjustments, VII: communicative institutions (ddr-csujad-26-13)
doc Structural report, institutional adjustments, VII: communicative institutions (ddr-csujad-26-13)
Description of observed language skills, languages spoken, and cultural differences contributing to difficulty in communication among incarcerees. The report defines communicative institutions "as means of passing information from place or person to another." Report compiled as a portion of the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
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