Kibei

Kibei is the term for the generation of Nisei born in the U.S. but sent to Japan for education. When in Japan, the Kibei lived with grandparents or other relatives while their parents remained in the U.S. to work. Kibei often struggled to fit in both in Japan, where they were viewed as outsiders, and the U.S., where they were considered "too Japanese" by their Nisei peers. Because of their knowledge of both cultures and languages, the Kibei in particular were targeted by the government as "disloyal" during World War II. Ironically, the Kibei were heavily recruited for the Military Intelligence Service because of their linguistic abilities.

Kibei (242)

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Chapter 8, 9, 10 personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-35)
doc Chapter 8, 9, 10 personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-35)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including movies, dances, dissatisfaction with recreation, family dynamics, desire to leave camp, cultural and generational differences, and weather. Each entry includes the full date and student name. The entries were part of a class assignment and collected for the ...
Outline of University of California study of evacuation and resettlement (ddr-csujad-26-2)
doc Outline of University of California study of evacuation and resettlement (ddr-csujad-26-2)
Outline for an academic social science study, the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS), led by the University of California of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Outline highlights area of administrative, social, political and personal areas to be studied by a team of researchers encamped with incarcerees. See this object in ...
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-82)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-82)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army service uniform with a metal eagle insignia hat. He poses with his nephew. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado, where his parents reside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_024
Ukichi Taenaka, Japan (ddr-csujad-25-275)
img Ukichi Taenaka, Japan (ddr-csujad-25-275)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are seven photographs of Ukichi Taenaka taken around 1938 in Japan. Also includes: Kamie, Yaeko, Toshikuni and Chiyoko. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_02_004
Toshikuni Taenaka, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-107)
img Toshikuni Taenaka, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-107)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, reading a magazine. The photograph is probably taken in Camp Savage, Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_049
Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-81)
img Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-81)
A photograph of the Taenaka family in a farm, Brighton, Colorado. Includes Tamesaburo Taenaka, Kamie Taenaka, Ukichi Taenaka [?], and Yaeko Taenaka [?], harvesting sugar beets in McMorrow's farm. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0091. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_023
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-69)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-69)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with Private First Class insignia on the arm and a helmet. He performs military hand salute in front of the house where probably his parents reside in Brighton, Colorado. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0122. See this object in the ...
Japanese American soldiers in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-111)
img Japanese American soldiers in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-111)
A photograph of Japanese American soldiers in US Army uniform. They pose sitting on the ground. The photograph is probably taken in Camp Savage, Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_053
Student portrait (ddr-densho-359-49)
img Student portrait (ddr-densho-359-49)
Student poses on beach. Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
Student playing game (ddr-densho-359-90)
img Student playing game (ddr-densho-359-90)
Students being theatrical for the camera. They pose with signs and with drawings on their chest as if they are in the middle of a card game.
John Tateishi Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-469-7)
vh John Tateishi Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-469-7)
Father's anger about the incarceration, being called a "troublemaker"
Yoshiko Tsubota Tsujihara (ddr-densho-252-35)
img Yoshiko Tsubota Tsujihara (ddr-densho-252-35)
A young woman in a kimono. Caption on Post-it: "Yoshiko Tsubota Tsujihara (Kibei)."
Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-259-288)
img Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-259-288)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Posed group photo of many young Nisei This surely must have been another YPCC gathering this conference likely took place at a church in Portland."
Nisei girls wearing kimono (ddr-densho-259-223)
img Nisei girls wearing kimono (ddr-densho-259-223)
Michi and Yuka Yasui wearing kimono and posed with a parasol.
img "The Hood River Japanese Methodist Church Camp" (ddr-densho-259-285)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "The Hood River Japanese Methodist Church Camp at Tilly Jane Campground in the Mount Hood National Forest We actually camped out in tents then, and the supplies had to be hauled across the Tilly Jane Creek canyon on a cable car [This picture] includes Raymond Hiroshige (a U of O college classmate ...
Nikkei children on a farm (ddr-densho-259-273)
img Nikkei children on a farm (ddr-densho-259-273)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Nikkei children at the Mosier farm Front row, [left to right]: Kingo Kanemasu; I think a Kajita boy; Shigenobu Yamaki; Takaaki Yasui; I think another Kajita boy; 3 unidentified girls in a row; Shizue Yasui; Reverend Isaac Inouye. Second & back rows: Mr. Hatsutaro Kajita; Michi Yasui (looking over Yakaaki Yasui's shoulder); ...
Young People's Christian Conference (photocopy) (ddr-densho-259-286)
img Young People's Christian Conference (photocopy) (ddr-densho-259-286)
Photocopy. Caption by Homer Yasui: "Posed group photo of many young Nisei This surely must have been another YPCC gathering this conference likely took place at a church in Portland."
Memo to John J. McCloy regarding Kibei in Hawaii (ddr-densho-67-59)
doc Memo to John J. McCloy regarding Kibei in Hawaii (ddr-densho-67-59)
Memo to John McCloy from unknown source regarding Hawaiian Kibei parolees. The author states that he had been paroling Kibei considered least dangerous and monitoring them as an alternative to transfering them to the mainland. This process only applied to a tiny population so the military would not be accused of "relaxing their vigilence." Author also ...
George Koshi Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1008-1-2)
vh George Koshi Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1008-1-2)
Father's early life in the United States

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

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