nisei

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Etymology[edit]

Japanese 二世 (にせい, nisei), from (ni-) ‘second’ + (sei) ‘generation’.

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Noun[edit]

nisei ‎(plural niseis or nisei)

  1. an American or Canadian whose parents were Japanese immigrants
    • 1978, Gordon Hirabayashi, “Japanese Heritage, Canadian Experience,” in Harold Coward and Leslie S. Kawamura eds., Religion and Ethnicity, Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, p 66:
      The Nisei, on the other hand, are more inclined to view the hyphenated Japanese Canadian identity with positive implications.
    • 1999, Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
      Decrypts fly out of a line printer on the other end and are taken off to another hut where American nisei, and some white men trained in Nipponese, translate them.

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nisei

  1. rōmaji reading of にせい