- a person of Japanese descent, born and educated in the U.S. or Canada.
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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- a native-born citizen of the United States or Canada whose parents were Japanese immigrants
Japanese, literally: second generation
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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