A person born to parents who emigrated from Japan.
A native U.S. or Canadian citizen born of immigrant Japanese parents and educated in America.
Origin of nisei
- Japanese ni two, second (from Early Middle Chinese ɲih) (also the source of Mandarin èr) sei generation (from Middle Chinese ʂaj`) (also the source of Mandarin shì) ((the Middle Chinese form ultimately being from Proto-Sino-Tibetan lap leaf, in reference to the renewal of foliage with each year))
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Japanese äºŒä¸– (ã«ã›ã„, nisei), from äºŒ (ni-) "˜second' + ä¸– (sei) "˜generation'.