Issei

Issei

[ees-sey]
noun, plural Issei.
1.
a Japanese who immigrated to the U.S. or Canada after 1907 and was not eligible until 1952 for citizenship.
2.
any Japanese immigrant to the U.S.
Also, issei.
Compare Kibei, Nisei, Sansei.


Origin:
1935–40; < Japanese, equivalent to is first + sei generation (earlier it-sei, it-seĩ < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese one + shēng birth)

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