11 Facts About Japanese American


Significant Japanese American immigration did not occur again until the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 ended 40 years of bans against immigration from Japan and other countries.

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The Japanese American communities have themselves distinguished their members with terms like Issei, Nisei, and Sansei, which describe the first, second, and third generations of immigrants.

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In Hawaii however, where Nikkei are about one-fifth of the whole population, Japanese American is a major language, spoken and studied by many of the state's residents across ethnicities.

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Japanese American school opened in Hawaii in 1893 and other Japanese American schools for temporary settlers in North America followed.

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Large number of the Japanese American community continue to practice Buddhism in some form, and a number of community traditions and festivals continue to center around Buddhist institutions.

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Japanese American celebrations tend to be more sectarian in nature and focus on the community-sharing aspects.

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Many Japanese American companies have their US headquarters in nearby Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg.

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Japanese American was the first American of Asian descent to be elected governor of a state of the United States.

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In 1979, biochemist Harvey Itano became the first Japanese American elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences.

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In figure skating, Kristi Yamaguchi, a fourth-generation Japanese American, won three national championship titles, two world titles, and the 1992 Olympic gold medal in singles figure skating.

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Japanese American took a two-year hiatus between these titles to serve in the United States Army in the American occupation of Japan.

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