Pronunciation: (ēs'sā'), [key]
1. a Japanese who immigrated to the U.S. or Canada after 1907 and was not eligible until 1952 for citizenship.
2. any Japanese immigrant to the U.S. Also,is'sei'.Cf. Kibei, Nisei, Sansei.
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