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Nisei (nee-SAY, NEE-say) noun

A person born in America of parents who emigrated from Japan.

[Japanese : ni, second + sei, generation.]

"But out of the prejudice and discrimination they faced came the determination to prove their loyalty and the formation of the most decorated unit of its size in U.S. military history - the all-Nisei 100th Battalion / 442nd Regimental Combat Team." Maureen Fan, A Legacy of Pride and Tears. The men who gathered were nearly all Japanese-Americans, members of an army unit out to prove their loyalty to a country that viewed them with suspicion, Newsday, 26 Apr 1993.

This week's theme: loanwords from Japanese.

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I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself. -Aldous Leonard Huxley, British writer (1894-1963)


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