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Nisei

or ni·sei

[ nee-sey, nee-sey ]
/ ˈni seɪ, niˈseɪ /
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noun, plural Ni·sei.
a person of Japanese descent, born and educated in the U.S. or Canada.
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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
/ (ˈniːseɪ) /

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

Word Origin for Nisei

Japanese, literally: second generation
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Cultural definitions for Nisei

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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