Definitions

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  • n. an American whose parents were Japanese immigrants

Etymologies

Japanese 二世 (にせい, nisei), from (ni-) ‘second’ + (sei) ‘generation’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, thirty-nine thousand nisei American-born children of Japanese immigrants in Hawaii and eighteen thousand in California were enrolled in Japanese-language schools.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • The MO staff included a nisei second-generation Japanese American named Tokie Slocum, who served as their resident expert, responsible for conjuring up the mind of the typical Japanese soldier and assessing what strategies would be most effective in playing on his emotions and superstitions and undermining his morale.

    A Covert Affair

  • Their two nisei translators had such flawed grammar and old-fashioned idioms that their efforts did not fool anyone, least of all the enemy.

    A Covert Affair

  • She wove intercultural conflicts and bonds into "Seventeen Syllables" 1949, in which a nisei girl's blooming romance with a Mexican American classmate offers an achingly innocent counterpoint to her mother's arranged marriage.

    Hisaye Yamamoto, short story writer who chronicled post-WWII Japanese American life,dies at 89

  • Often compared to short-story masters such as Katherine Mansfield, Flannery O'Connor and Grace Paley, Ms. Yamamoto concentrated her imagination on the issei and nisei, the first- and second-generation Japanese Americans who were targets of the public hysteria unleashed after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

    Hisaye Yamamoto, short story writer who chronicled post-WWII Japanese American life,dies at 89

  • In today's paper, Mr. Tanabe's grandson reflects on what the degree means to him and his generation: I am proud of the nisei — my grandfather's generation — who responded to the prejudice of internment with actions of strength and honor.

    A Link, and Life in Hawaii

  • How many times have you read that “the US Government” interned the nisei?

    Obama, knave or fool, latest edition

  • A combination that would surely raise the eyebrows of any pre-nisei Japanese, but has somehow got both Jeni and I craving it.

    Shisen Ramen, Torrance - A Szechuan-Style Ramen Shop

  • Yeah, that's the subject of an anecdote in Jack Seward's wonderful Japanese in Action: he visits a hot spring with a nisei friend who speaks no Japanese but (obviously) looks Japanese, while Seward himself is fluent; the owner addresses all his remarks to the woman, ignoring the fact that Seward has to translate them all for her (and then translate her responses for him).

    languagehat.com: THE DIFFICULTY OF JAPANESE.

  • My nisei dad (from good ole uchinanchu stock) said that shibai in the form of plays done by issei were something he remembered and enjoyed (though he hated going to J-school on saturdays) though the nisei never put on plays like this.

    languagehat.com: POLITICAL SHIBAI.

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