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Nisei

or ni·sei

[nee-sey, nee-sey]
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noun, plural Ni·sei.
  1. a person of Japanese descent, born and educated in the U.S. or Canada.
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Compare Issei, Kibei, Sansei.

Origin of Nisei

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

Nisei

noun
  1. a native-born citizen of the United States or Canada whose parents were Japanese immigrants
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Word Origin

Japanese, literally: second generation
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Word Origin and History for nisei

n.

"American born of Japanese parents," from Japanese ni- "second" + sei "generation." Use limited to U.S. West Coast until c.1942.

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nisei in Culture

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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