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Issei

or is·sei

[ ees-sey ]
/ ˈisˈseɪ /
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noun, plural Is·sei or is·sei.
a Japanese person who immigrated to the U.S. or Canada after 1907 and was not eligible until 1952 for citizenship.
any Japanese immigrant to the U.S.
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Origin of Issei

1935–40; <Japanese, equivalent to is first + sei generation (earlier it-sei, it-seĩ<Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese one + shēng birth)
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