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 (nē-sā′, nē′sā′)
n. pl. Nisei or Ni·seis
A person born to parents who emigrated from Japan.

[Japanese : ni, two, second (from Early Middle Chinese ŋih; also the source of Mandarin èr) + sei, generation (from Middle Chinese ʂaj`; also the source of Mandarin shì (the Middle Chinese form ultimately being from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *lap, leaf, in reference to the renewal of foliage with each year)).]


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


(ˈni seɪ, niˈseɪ)

n., pl. -sei.
(sometimes l.c.) a child of Japanese immigrants, born and educated in North America. Compare Issei, Kibei, Sansei.
[1940–45, Amer.; < Japanese: literally, second generation; earlier ni-seĩ < Middle Chinese, = Chinese èr two, second + shēng birth]
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Noun1.Nisei - a person born in the United States of parents who emigrated from Japan
American - a native or inhabitant of the United States
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Beyond the stigmas associated with communities of color, Niseis and Sanseis also inherited the specific disadvantages of internment, relocation, and widely circulated myths about Japanese-American disloyalty and wartime espionage.
6) In May 1971, her proposal was accepted by the Magnolia Committee of the YMCA, which was comprised of progressive Nisei (second-generation Japanese American) women.
Just like there's no need for the Niseis or the Sanseis to go to Little Tokyo anymore because the facilities are everywhere -- same thing for the community center,'' said Jim Higashida, 78, a third-generation Japanese-American whose father was active in founding the center.
Their Nisei and Sansei kids, second- and third-generation Japanese-Americans, didn't fit in at school.
He was a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, made up entirely of Niseis (American citizens of Japanese descent), which went on to become the most highly decorated combat unit in World War II.
121) "When it is convenient the Niseis are not citizens--deprive them [of] all rights and put them in Centers; [w]hen they want more soldiers the Nisei are all loyal and worthy of the draft.
The Niseis should get together and form a resolution and present it formally to Washington.
The Niseis too were brought up that way, to respect your elders, don't make moves.
Drawing on 30 oral testimonies of Nisei (second generation) Japanese Canadian women, I explore the diverse and often complex ways in which Nisei women remember the internment, with particular attention to the intermingling of pest and present, the relationship between teller and listener, as well as the layering of personal and public narratives, in the construction of these memories.
It's real hard for them [issei] to interact with the niseis.
1) In an interview conducted by the Asociacion Peruano Japonesa, Higa defines the Nisei identity as one aspect of a Peruvian national identity: "El nisei no es mitad japones y mitad peruano.
One of the large photograph reproductions from the 1920s shows major league baseball players standing between each Nisei player in the Fireman's Stadium at the Fresno Fairgrounds.