from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person born to parents who emigrated from Japan.

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  • n. a person born outside of Japan of parents who were born in Japan

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  • n. a person born in the United States of parents who emigrated from Japan


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Japanese : ni, second (from Middle Chinese nyih, ri) + sei, generation; see issei.

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Japanese second generation


  • The outfielder was known as the "Nisei Jackie Robinson" for breaking into Japanese baseball and building ties between the countries in a highly sensitive period after World War II.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Once investigated, the Nisei should be allowed to take jobs in defense plants.


  • Japanese Americans, commonly known as Nisei, were identified as qualifying for honorary degrees. - News

  • Leah Nash for The Wall Street Journal Swing dancing at Minidoka and nine other camps gave "Nisei," or children born in the U.S. to Japanese immigrants, a way to assert their American-ness.

    Minidoka Swing

  • Their plan called for a number of things: FDR was urged to go on record as believing in the loyalty of American citizens of Japanese ancestry (the "Nisei").


  • A documentary was shown, detailing the history and impact of the 442nd and its 100th "Nisei" Battalion.

    The Seattle Times

  • The unattached 442nd, which incorporated the famed but depleted 100th "Nisei" Battalion, had bounced around without a home for a bit before bonding with the 34th Division for good amid the final push of the war.

    The Seattle Times

  • These included American citizens who had been born in the United States (the "Nisei").

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • She learned only recently about the importance of Heart Mountain to her parents, who were second-generation Japanese-Americans, or Nisei.

    Japanese-American Internment Camp Site Reopens as Museum

  • I was interviewed for an obituary in the LA Times when Bill died, and the reporter couldn't understand how important Nisei was to a JA kid in northern Virginia in the early '70s, where my family lived when I first read Bill's landmark book.

    Gil Asakawa: Denver Pays Tribute to Bill Hosokawa, A Japanese American Leader


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