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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Toshikuni Taenaka, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-113)
img Toshikuni Taenaka, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-113)
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_055
Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-112)
img Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-112)
A photograph of a Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform. He poses, crouching and feeding pigeons. 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_054
Taenaka family (ddr-csujad-25-87)
img Taenaka family (ddr-csujad-25-87)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, and his family. Includes Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform, his parents, Tamesaburo and Kamie Taenaka, his sisteres, Haruko, Chiyoko, and Saiko, as well as most likely his nephews and niece. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado, where Toshikuni Taenaka's family resides. See ...
Ukichi Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-274)
img Ukichi Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-274)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are nine photographs of Ukichi Taenaka's high school graduation in 1934. Include the Hollywood Bowl, Ukichi Taenaka in high school regalia, his high school classmates, and his family members. A group photograph of the 1934 class members, including Ukichi Taenaka, is included. See this ...
Taenaka family portrait (ddr-csujad-25-256)
img Taenaka family portrait (ddr-csujad-25-256)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page is a portrait of the Taenaka family taken in Los Angeles, California around 1930. Includes: Tamesaburo, Kamie, Haruko, Yaeko, Ukichi, Toshikuni, Chiyoko, and Saiko. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_051
Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-80)
img Taenaka family in farm (ddr-csujad-25-80)
A photograph of Ukichi Taenaka [?], a brother of Toshikuni Taenaka who is a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier. He is harvesting sugar beets in McMorrow's farm, Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_022
Japanese hot spring (ddr-densho-359-62)
img Japanese hot spring (ddr-densho-359-62)
A Japanese hot spring that Phillip Okano visited while attending school in Japan between 1923-1933.
Japanese hot spring (ddr-densho-359-63)
img Japanese hot spring (ddr-densho-359-63)
A Japanese hot spring that Phillip Okano visited while attending school in Japan between 1923-1933.
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-124)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-124)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, and another Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform. They pose standing outside. 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_066
Student portrait (ddr-densho-359-82)
img Student portrait (ddr-densho-359-82)
Stamped on the bottom right hand corner of the photograph "Kubo Studio Shingukii Japan". There is also a caption written on the photograph in Japanese.
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.
Nisei girls wearing kimono (ddr-densho-259-222)
img Nisei girls wearing kimono (ddr-densho-259-222)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Michi and Yuka [Yasui] are standing and the parasol is folded."
Siblings (ddr-densho-107-27)
img Siblings (ddr-densho-107-27)
All of Roy Matsumoto's siblings were born in the United States, but went to live in Japan. Left to right: (in chronological order) Takeshi, Tsutomu, Noboru, Harue, Isao, and Shizue.
Issei minister and family (ddr-densho-310-4)
img Issei minister and family (ddr-densho-310-4)
Ichikawa family portrait. (Front row, left to right) Akira, Tatsuya, Shinya, Yasashi, Hiroko (Back row, left to right) Noriko, Satoru, Etsuko, Kazuya
Portrait of Japanese boys (ddr-densho-325-191)
img Portrait of Japanese boys (ddr-densho-325-191)
The names of each boy was written on the photograph sitting is Imao [illegible] and standing is Sumito Horiuchi. At the top of the picture is a line of Japanese text. Sumito Horiuchi studied in Japan from the ages 4 to 16 then finished high school in the United States.
Takashi Matsui Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1008-4-16)
vh Takashi Matsui Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1008-4-16)
A Kibei's perspective on reasons for incarceration of Japanese Americans

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

Hiroko Nakashima Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-69-11)
vh Hiroko Nakashima Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-69-11)
Working with other students in a factory in Japan to help the war effort
Hiroko Nakashima Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-69-8)
vh Hiroko Nakashima Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-69-8)
Adapting to life in Japan, fitting in as an "Amerikajin"
Hiroko Nakashima Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-69-17)
vh Hiroko Nakashima Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-69-17)
Treatment in Japan as an American; reactions to Japan's surrender" "[O]ur heart was still in America"
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