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or nisei

[nee-sey, nee-sey] /ˈni seɪ, niˈseɪ/
noun, plural Nisei.
a person of Japanese descent, born and educated in the U.S. or Canada.
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 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Nisei


a native-born citizen of the United States or Canada whose parents were Japanese immigrants
Word Origin
Japanese, literally: second generation
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Word Origin and History for Nisei



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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