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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Letter from Kimiye Tanimoto to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, October 2, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-211)
doc Letter from Kimiye Tanimoto to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, October 2, 1947 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-211)
A letter from Kimiye Tanimoto to her relatives, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. Kimiye is a sister-in-law of the Okine's son, Masao Okine. She recently returned from Japan to the US and is producing grapes in Lodi, California. In the letter, she gives appreciation to Seiichi and Tomeyo for their visit and gifts. See this object in ...
Jap relocation probe begins, June 28, 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-60)
doc Jap relocation probe begins, June 28, 1943 (ddr-csujad-19-60)
The document describes the investigation of conditions in the incarceration camps in the West. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_02-14_01
Japanese American soldiers in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-62)
img Japanese American soldiers in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-62)
A photograph of two Japanese American soldiers in US Army service uniform. Inscription on the back of the photograph reads: 7-'42. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado, where Toshikuni Taenaka's parents reside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_004
Ukichi Taenaka and his wife (ddr-csujad-25-279)
img Ukichi Taenaka and his wife (ddr-csujad-25-279)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are fifteen photographs of Ukichi Taenaka and his wife taken in Japan probably between 1938 and 1940. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_02_008
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-71)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-71)
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 gas mask. He poses, holding a gas mask and standing in front of the house where his parents most likely reside in Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities ...
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army combat uniform (ddr-csujad-25-60)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army combat uniform (ddr-csujad-25-60)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army combat uniform, resting with other soldiers. Inscription on the back of the photograph reads: 4-42, me. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_002
Four students (ddr-densho-359-85)
img Four students (ddr-densho-359-85)
Four boys pose in their school uniforms. Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
Two students (ddr-densho-359-83)
img Two students (ddr-densho-359-83)
Two students pose outisde a building. 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.
Band portrait (ddr-densho-359-86)
img Band portrait (ddr-densho-359-86)
Student poses with his clarinet for a portrait. Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
Ben Takeshita Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-467-2)
vh Ben Takeshita Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-467-2)
Childhood memories of going to Japan when two older brothers were sent there to live
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