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.

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Student portrait (ddr-densho-359-49)
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Student poses on beach. Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
Student group portrait (ddr-densho-359-67)
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Students pose for a casual group portrait. Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
School grounds (ddr-densho-359-38)
img School grounds (ddr-densho-359-38)
Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
Four students (ddr-densho-359-85)
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Four boys pose in their school uniforms. Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
Two students (ddr-densho-359-50)
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Two students pose for a portrait. Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
Student soldier (ddr-densho-359-48)
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A student poses with his rifle. Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
School outing group photograph (ddr-densho-359-39)
img School outing group photograph (ddr-densho-359-39)
A group of students pose for a group photograph in front of stone marker. Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
Costume festival (ddr-densho-359-57)
img Costume festival (ddr-densho-359-57)
A group photograph of school age boys in costume. Costumes include Charlie Chaplin, samuri, explorer, nurse, and doctor. Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
Band portrait (ddr-densho-359-86)
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Student poses with his clarinet for a portrait. Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
Marching band (ddr-densho-359-91)
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A student marching band parading across a field.
Students in greenhouse (ddr-densho-359-52)
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Five students pose in the greenhouse. Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
Students (ddr-densho-359-60)
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A group of students with their instructors for a group photograph. Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
Students working (ddr-densho-359-47)
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Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
School outing group photograph (ddr-densho-359-55)
img School outing group photograph (ddr-densho-359-55)
Students and a teacher pose for a group photograph. Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
Japanese hot spring (ddr-densho-359-64)
img Japanese hot spring (ddr-densho-359-64)
A Japanese hot spring that Phillip Okano visited while attending school in Japan between 1923-1933.
Costume festival (ddr-densho-359-56)
img Costume festival (ddr-densho-359-56)
A line of students in costume including samuri and owls. Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
Japanese hot spring (ddr-densho-359-65)
img Japanese hot spring (ddr-densho-359-65)
A Japanese hot spring that Phillip Okano visited while attending school in Japan between 1923-1933. This hot spring pool has a statue of demon.
Okano family photograph album (ddr-densho-359-14)
img Okano family photograph album (ddr-densho-359-14)
Phillip Okano's photograph album covering his years as a student in Japan from 1923-1933 as well as his return to the United States.
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