In Japanese, "first generation." In the United States, it refers to first generation immigrants from Japan, often to men that arrived between 1880 and 1924. (Mostly men until 1908, and then mostly women until 1924.) Anti-Japanese sentiment ended legal immigration to the U.S. with the 1924 immigration bill signed by Calvin Coolidge.

Compare with Nisei, Sansei, Nikkei.

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