Sansei (三世, literally, "third generation") is a Japanese language term used in countries in North America and South America to name the children born to Japanese people who immigrated. The emigrants or immigrants who were born in Japan are called Issei; and their children born in the new country are called Nisei (second generation). The grandchildren of Issei are called Sansei (third generation).
History[change | change source]
Imigration to Brazil began in 1908. Today, the community which grew from the immigrant children and grandchildren has become the largest Japanese emigrant population outside of Japan, including approximately 1.5 million Brazilians. Other communities of Sansei grew up in the United States, Canada, and Peru.
The use of the term Sansei was modeled after an Issei pattern or template. In the 1930s, the term Issei came into common use. The word replaced the term "immigrant" (ijusha). This change in usage mirrored an evolution in the way the Issei looked at themselves. The label Issei also included the idea of belonging to the new country.
Cultural profile[change | change source]
The Issei were born in Japan, and their cultural perspective was primarily Japanese; but they were in America by choice. Their Sansei grandsons and granddaughters grew up with a national and cultural point-of-view that was different from their grandparents.
Although the Issei kept an emotional connection with Japan, they created homes in a country far from Japan. The Sansei had never known a country other than the one into which they were born.
|Issei (一世)||The generation of people born in Japan who immigrated to another country.|
|Nisei (二世)||The generation of people born in North America, Latin America, Australia, Hawaii, or any country outside of Japan either to at least one Issei parent.|
|Sansei (三世)||The generation of people born to at least one Nisei parent.|
|Yonsei (四世)||The generation of people born to at least one Sansei parent|
|Gosei (五世)||The generation of people born to at least one Yonsei parent|
The Issei, Nisei and Sansei generations reflect distinctly different attitudes to authority, gender, non-Japanese involvement, and religious practice, and other matters.
Select list of notable Sansei[change | change source]
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- Keiko Fujimori, Peruvian politician
- Mike Honda (1941- ), US Congressman
- Lawson Fusao Inada (1938- ), American poet
- Terry Kawamura (1949-1969), US Medal of Honor recipient in Vietnam War
- Doris Matsui (1944- ), US Congresswoman
- Robert Matsui (1941-2005), US Congressman
- Patsy Mink (1927-2002), US Congresswoman
- Kent Nagano (1951- ), American conductor
- Bev Oda, Canadian Member of Parliament
- Ellison Onizuka (1946-1986), US astronaut
- Mike Shinoda (1977- ), American musician
- Eric Shinseki, US Secretary of Veterans Affairs
- David Suzuki, Canadian university professor
- Ronald Takaki, American university professor
- Mark Takano, US Congressman
- Dan Tani, US astronaut
- David Tsubouchi, Canadian lawyer and politician
- Rodney Yano (1943-1969), US Medal of Honor recipient in Vietnam War
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References[change | change source]
- The generation names come from the numbers "one, two, three" in the Japanese language. The first three Japanese numbers are "ichi, ni, san. The fourth number is "yon".
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