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Sansei

or san·sei

[sahn-sey, sahn-sey]
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noun
  1. a grandchild of Japanese immigrants to the U.S. or Canada.
Compare Issei, Kibei, Nisei.

Origin of Sansei

1940–45; < Japanese: third generation, earlier san-seĩ < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese sān three + ·shēng birth
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Word Origin and History for sansei

n.

"American born of nisei parents; third-generation Japanese-American," 1945, from Japanese san "three, third" + sei "generation."

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