National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging

Japanese-American Research Project (JARP): a Three-Generation Study, 1890-1966 (ICPSR 8450) RSS

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Summary:

This data collection is a sociohistorical study of the ways in which three generations (Issei, Nisei, and Sansei) of Japanese American families adapted to social, cultural, educational, occupational, and other institutions of American life. The study examines the experience of the first immigrants to the United States (Issei), and their children (Nisei) and grandchildren (Sansei). Interviews with Issei families stressed the difficulties faced by the immigrants during their early years in the United States, as well as aspects of social and cultural life. Interviews with Nisei included questions on employment, attitudes toward work, income, education, marriage, social relationships, discrimination, and religion. Topics covered in Sansei interviews included birth order, age, marital status, children, social relationships, occupation, industry, income, education, Japanese value systems, marital choices, influence of parents and grandparents, discrimination, religion, political attitudes, and migration.

Access Notes

  • One or more data files in this study are set up in a non-standard format, such as card image format. Users may need help converting these files before they can be used for analysis.

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
Documentation:
DS1:  Issei File - Download All Files (5 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS2:  Nisei File - Download All Files (3.9 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS3:  Sansei File - Download All Files (2.6 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS4:  Codebook for All Parts (PDF)
Download:
No downloadable data files available.

Study Description

Citation

Levine, Gene N. JAPANESE-AMERICAN RESEARCH PROJECT (JARP): A THREE-GENERATION STUDY, 1890-1966. ICPSR08450-v2. Los Angeles, CA: University of California, Institute for Social Science Research/Chicago, IL: National Opinion Research Center [producers], 1985. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08450.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   acculturation, Asian Americans, cultural attitudes, cultural values, crosscultural perceptions, discrimination, family life, family structure, immigrants, immigration, racial attitudes, religion, social integration

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1890--1966

Universe:   The Issei sample was chosen from a project listing 18,000 Issei who survived until 1962 and lived on the United States mainland.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For reasons of confidentiality, the third column (city, county) of all location codes in all three files was blanked with zeros. The first two columns (section, state) of the affected 19 variables remain intact.

Methodology

Sample:   Each generation in this study is a representative nationwide mainland United States sample. The Issei sample was chosen from a project listing 18,000 Issei who survived until 1962 and lived on the United States mainland. It is stratified by county and is designed to achieve equal representation of those living in neighborhoods of six different levels of housing quality. The sample is further stratified to represent the density of the population of the Japanese-American community within each county. Nisei and Sansei respondents were obtained by requesting the names and addresses of children and grandchildren from the parents.

Data Source:

personal interviews, mail questionnaires, and telephone interviews

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 1997-10-13 The data collection instruments and documentation have been converted to PDF files, and SPSS data definition statements have been added to this collection.

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