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is·sei

 (ēs′sā′)
n. pl. issei or is·seis
A Japanese immigrant, especially one to the United States.

[Japanese : ichi, one, first (from Middle Chinese ʔjit (also the source of Mandarin , one), ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *it; akin to Burmese, ʔac) + sei, generation (from Middle Chinese ʂiaj`, generation, world; also the source of Mandarin shì).]

issei

(iːˈseɪ)
n
a first generation Japanese immigrant to the USA

Is•sei

(ˈisˈseɪ)

n., pl. -sei. (sometimes l.c.)
a Japanese immigrant to North America, esp. one who came to the U.S. prior to World War II and was ineligible for citizenship before 1952. Compare Kibei, Nisei, Sansei.
[1935–40; < Japanese, =is first + sei generation]
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In "Manzanar," an Issei Japanese, put into an internment camp at the start of World War II, must choose between cooperation or resistance with his American jailors.
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Pictures (clockwise): GERO BRELOER, EPA/ DAVID CRAM, REUTERS/ KIM LUDBROOK, EPA/ KEVORK DJANSEZIAN, AP/ DESMOND BOYLAN, REUTERS/ ISSEI KATO, REUTERS/ DONALD MIRALLE, GETTY/ ADRIAN DENNIS, AFP/ GERO BRELOER, EPA/ MAX ROSSI, REUTERS
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