[ees-sey] /ˈisˈseɪ/

noun, plural Issei or issei.
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.

c.1930s, term used among Japanese immigrants for first-generation immigrants, in Japanese, literally “first generation,” related to ichi “one.”


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