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What's in a Name

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Joyce Moriye

My name is Joyce Moriye.  My parents never mentioned who I was named after as there weren’t any other Joyce or Moriye’s in the family at that time.  For most Nisei and Sansei born in America what is almost universal is that the Issei may have given their children all Japanese names but the Nisei gave their Sansei children an American first name and a Japanese middle name.  After WWII, it was very important for the Japanese to blend in here and it was easiest for the children to have American names to go by.  At the same time, children were given a Japanese middle name so that they should always remember their asian heritage.  

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