sansei

noun, often capitalized
san·​sei | \ ˌsän-ˈsā How to pronounce sansei (audio) , ˈsän-ˌ\
plural sansei

Definition of sansei

: a son or daughter of nisei parents who is born and educated in America and especially in the U.S.

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Many of the performers in the ensemble, on the other hand, were sansei, and had not learned about Japanese-American incarceration or Japanese culture because their parents wanted them to grow up as American as possible, Kashiwagi said. NBC News, "‘Never Again Is Now’: Japanese-American Theater Group Finds New Relevance Supporting Muslims," 6 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sansei

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sansei

Japanese san third + sei generation

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