Nisei

Nisei

[nee-sey, nee-sey]
noun, plural Nisei.
a person of Japanese descent, born and educated in the U.S. or Canada.
Also, nisei.
Compare Issei, Kibei, Sansei.


Origin:
1940–45, Americanism; < Japanese: literally, second generation; earlier ni-seĩ < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese èr two, second + shēng birth

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Nisei (ˈniːseɪ)
 
n
a native-born citizen of the United States or Canada whose parents were Japanese immigrants
 
[Japanese, literally: second generation]

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nisei
"American born of Japanese parents," 1943, from Jap. ni- "second" + sei "generation."
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Nisei [(nee-say, nee-say)]

Persons whose parents were born in Japan but who were themselves born outside Japan. Many Nisei were moved by force in the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II.

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