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.

Nisei (1573)

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Sisters, brother, and dog (ddr-densho-359-512)
img Sisters, brother, and dog (ddr-densho-359-512)
From left to right: Pauline Kawamoto, Jeanette Kawamoto, Joe Kawamoto, and the dog, Ranger.
Bride and groom (ddr-densho-359-404)
img Bride and groom (ddr-densho-359-404)
The photograph is signed "Most sincerely Jack & Patricia 7/22/42".
Family birthday party (ddr-densho-359-215)
img Family birthday party (ddr-densho-359-215)
A group photograph at Donnie's 4th birtday party. Pictured from back to front and left to right: Mrs Hatashida, Yasuko H., Mrs Katamoto, Hideko K., Pauline, Fumiko, Mrs. Nishi, Alice, Hisako, Kenji, Yumiko, Tomiko, Bobby N.
Letter from D.F. Goggin, Motor Officer, April 5, 1950 (ddr-csujad-12-4)
doc Letter from D.F. Goggin, Motor Officer, April 5, 1950 (ddr-csujad-12-4)
In this letter, D.F. Goggin, Motor Officer, affirms that Tsugitada Kanamori was employed by his organization starting June 8, 1946 and was still employed there at the time this letter was written. He remarks that Kanamori is a loyal and honest employee and recommends him for any position. See this object in the California State Universities ...
Man poses with Redwood tree (ddr-densho-359-1352)
img Man poses with Redwood tree (ddr-densho-359-1352)
Phil Okano poses on the side of the road with a Redwood tree
Henry Miyatake Interview VI (ddr-densho-1000-58)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview VI (ddr-densho-1000-58)
Nisei male. Born 1929 in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Had some key childhood experiences with discrimination that made him a self-described, "independent thinker," and later, an influential figure in the Japanese American community. While a teenager in camp, he wrote and defended an essay criticizing the United States' ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 108, No. 16 (April 28, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-16)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 108, No. 16 (April 28, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-16)
Selected article titles: "NCWNPDC, CCDC & PSWDC: JACL Concerns Examined at Reno Tri-District Conference" (p. 1), "Go for Broke National Veterans Association Preparing Gala Golden Anniversary Program for 1993 in Washington" (pp. 1, 3), "From the Frying Pan: Japan's Post-War Success: The Nisei Connection" (p. 4), and "Grassroots Forum: Speculation on JACL's Future" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 108, No. 20 (May 26, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-20)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 108, No. 20 (May 26, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-20)
Selected article titles: "Nakanishi May Pursue Other Legal Avenues" (pp. 1-2), "Historic Focus on Japanese Women: Museum Embarks on Oral History Project as Backdrop for Photos from 3 Generations" (pp. 2, 8), and "In Recognition of Quality Medical Care, Despite Hardship and Race Prejudice: Nisei Physicians: Fujikawa, Shigekawa, Yamazaki" (pp. 4-5).
Japanese American children (ddr-densho-26-76)
img Japanese American children (ddr-densho-26-76)
Akio and Mitsue Yanagihara posing in front of car.
Japanese American man in front of statue (ddr-densho-26-192)
img Japanese American man in front of statue (ddr-densho-26-192)
Japanese American man standing in front of the Fountain of Time statue. Written on the back is "Fountain of Time" in English and a Japanese caption. Fountain of Time was completed in 1920 and dedicated in 1922. Located in Washington Park in Chicago.
Japanese American infant (ddr-densho-26-43)
img Japanese American infant (ddr-densho-26-43)
Written in corner of the photograph "1932". The infant is most likely Akio Yanagihara born September 1932 to Kinnosuke and Shuzue Yanagihara.
Japanese Americans at the University of Washington (ddr-densho-26-195)
img Japanese Americans at the University of Washington (ddr-densho-26-195)
A group of Japanese Americans pose in front of the George Washington statue located on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. The statue was created by Lorado Taft, also the sculptor of the Fountain of Time.
Japanese American children (ddr-densho-26-69)
img Japanese American children (ddr-densho-26-69)
Akio Yanagihara poses in the second row middle with other Japanese American children.
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