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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Crabbing (ddr-csujad-38-149)
img Crabbing (ddr-csujad-38-149)
Photographed are men crabbing at a pier. They are soldiers of U.S. Army language school in Presidio of Monterey, California. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 31. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_31_001
Geo Naohara (ddr-csujad-38-460)
img Geo Naohara (ddr-csujad-38-460)
Photographed is George Nobuo Naohara holding a gun in a filed. The English caption reads: Geo Naohara always carried canteen filled with sterilized water, checking his gun, Next. Translation of the Japanese caption: Inspection of guns was needed (?) sometimes. I always filled a canteen with fresh water and never forgot to carry sterilizer with me. …
Caucasian officials (ddr-csujad-38-45)
img Caucasian officials (ddr-csujad-38-45)
Photographed are Caucasian officials presumably of Civilian Conservation Corps Camp, Rupert, Idaho. Included one of George Nobuo Naohara's Nisei friends. The caption reads: Caucasian officials. [In Japanese]. The same image without the caption is found in item: csudh_nao_0059. Title from caption. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 13. See this object in the …
Interrogation of Prisoner of War (ddr-csujad-38-472)
img Interrogation of Prisoner of War (ddr-csujad-38-472)
A page from: George Naohara scrapbook: Korean War and before leaving Japan (csudh_nao_0600). Includes photocopies of photographs and annotations. The page depicts I.P.W. (Interrogation of Prisoners of War)'s operation during the Korean War. Japanese annotations are found in item: csudh_nao_0671. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_04_042_001
Nisei man (ddr-csujad-38-56)
img Nisei man (ddr-csujad-38-56)
Photographed is a Nisei man standing near a stream probably in Rupert, Idaho, or Utah. The same image is found in item: csudh_nao_0054. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 16. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_16_002
U.S. soldiers in Korea (ddr-csujad-38-462)
img U.S. soldiers in Korea (ddr-csujad-38-462)
Photograph of U.S. soldiers in Korea. The caption reads: Winter time, just before Xmas, Chinese army waiting for the freeze to the Yulu River before the big push to attack American Army. Interrogators knew jeep and truck too heavy to cross the river. However, no one know camel are crossing the river! Item from: George Naohara …
George Nobuo Naohara's handwritten note: experiences during the war (ddr-csujad-38-95)
doc George Nobuo Naohara's handwritten note: experiences during the war (ddr-csujad-38-95)
A piece of handwritten note describing George Nobuo Naohara's experiences during the war. He went to Jerome in Arkansas, then Tule Lake in California, with his friend. An item from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 21. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_21_010
Atsushi Art Ishida and George Naohara (ddr-csujad-38-256)
img Atsushi Art Ishida and George Naohara (ddr-csujad-38-256)
Photographed are a group of Nisei incarcerated in the Tule Lake camp in California, including George Nobuo Naohara and Atsushi Art Ishida. It is taken in front of their assigned barracks unit. A photo from: Mitzi Naohara photo album (csudh_nao_0200), page 14. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_02_14_001
George Naohara (ddr-csujad-38-330)
img George Naohara (ddr-csujad-38-330)
Photographed is George Nobuo Naohara. A photo from: Mitzi Naohara photo album (csudh_nao_0200), page 21. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_02_21_009
Kenneth Kenji Kuwahara and George Naohara crushing coals at a hospital (ddr-csujad-38-71)
img Kenneth Kenji Kuwahara and George Naohara crushing coals at a hospital (ddr-csujad-38-71)
Photographed are Kenneth Kenji Kuwahara and George Nobuo Naohara who are in charge of crushing coals for cooking. It was probably taken while George N. Naohara was working at Axel Johnson Ranch in Utah. The caption on the photo reads: What shall we cook for tonight? Keny and George Naohara in charge of coal cutting. [In …
Letter from Robert A. Allison, Project Director, Jerome Relocation Center, War Relocation Authority, February 22, 1944 (ddr-csujad-38-562)
doc Letter from Robert A. Allison, Project Director, Jerome Relocation Center, War Relocation Authority, February 22, 1944 (ddr-csujad-38-562)
A letter from Robert A. Allison, Project Director of the Jerome camp in Arkansas. It certifies that George Nobuo Naohara has made an application for repatriation/expatriation. It also states that WRA is not authorized to approve or disapprove his application. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_05_13_014
Notes on the Korean War (ddr-csujad-38-441)
doc Notes on the Korean War (ddr-csujad-38-441)
George Nobuo Naohara's handwritten notes on the Korean War. Item from: George Naohara scrapbook: Korean War and before leaving Japan (csudh_nao_0600). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_04_016_001
Termination notice, Form WRA-114, George Naohara (ddr-csujad-38-567)
doc Termination notice, Form WRA-114, George Naohara (ddr-csujad-38-567)
A notice of termination, Form WRA-114, issued by "Tule Lake Relocation Center," War Relocation Authority. It notifies George Nobuo Naohara of the termination date and reason from his farmer's position. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_05_13_020
George Naohara scrapbook: Korean War and before leaving Japan (ddr-csujad-38-417)
img George Naohara scrapbook: Korean War and before leaving Japan (ddr-csujad-38-417)
A scrapbook compiled by George Nobuo Naohara, a Kibei Nisei soldier who served in the Korean War. Included are photographs taken during his military service in the Korean War, stationing in the 24th Infantry Division Headquarters in Kokura, Japan and serving as a member of Interrogation of Prisoners of War in Korea. See this object in …
Tadashi Sakaida, George Naohara (ddr-csujad-38-46)
img Tadashi Sakaida, George Naohara (ddr-csujad-38-46)
Photographed are George Nobuo Naohara and Tadashi Sakaida posing in front of Civilian Conservation Corps mobile camp, Rupert, Idaho. It appears that Sakaida is holding a bottle of sake. The caption reads: Tadashi Sakaida, George Naohara. [In Japanese]. Title from caption. The same image is found in item: csudh_nao_0011. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" …
George Naohara (ddr-csujad-38-118)
img George Naohara (ddr-csujad-38-118)
Photographed is George Nobuo Naohara in U.S. Army uniform at U.S. Army language school in Presidio of Monterey, California. The handwritten note on the backside reads: George Naohara, 1950-1956. Title from note. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 27. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_27_002
George Naohara's handwritten annotations (ddr-csujad-38-161)
doc George Naohara's handwritten annotations (ddr-csujad-38-161)
English translation of the annotations from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 12: [Right] Japan declared a war, and Japanese Imperial Army attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. When the war broke out, Yuta Masukawa was visiting Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. He rode on a streetcar to get to Little Tokyo and bought a record, "Shina no …
Geroge Naohara and Atsushi Ishida (ddr-csujad-38-92)
img Geroge Naohara and Atsushi Ishida (ddr-csujad-38-92)
A photograph of Atsushi Ishida (center) and George Naohara (right) posing at the entrance to a mess hall in the Jerome camp in Arkansas. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 21. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_21_007
Nisei men harvesting sugar beets (ddr-csujad-38-51)
img Nisei men harvesting sugar beets (ddr-csujad-38-51)
Photographed are two Nisei men standing in a field, presumably in Rupert, Idaho, or Utah. The same image is found in item: csudh_nao_0050. The caption reads: Starting in the early morning, I harvested sugar beets. There was still ground frost remaining. It was a tough job. [In Japanese]. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), …
Nisei man standing on a bank (ddr-csujad-38-64)
img Nisei man standing on a bank (ddr-csujad-38-64)
Photographed is a Nisei man posing on a bank probably in Rupert, Idaho, or Utah. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 17. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_17_003
Kibei's view of Life in relocation camps during World War II (ddr-csujad-38-582)
doc Kibei's view of Life in relocation camps during World War II (ddr-csujad-38-582)
A term paper prepared by Eileen Naohara Yoshimura, a daughter of George and Mitzi Naohara, for Professor Donald Teruo Hata's "Basic History 100" course at CSU Dominguez Hills Department of History. It focuses on the experiences of George Nobuo Naohara. She interviewed him about his time spent at the Tule Lake camp. See this object in …
Letter from Jennie G. Hermon, Clerk, Local Board No. 277, Selective Service System, to Nobuo Naohara, March 2, 1945 (ddr-csujad-38-573)
doc Letter from Jennie G. Hermon, Clerk, Local Board No. 277, Selective Service System, to Nobuo Naohara, March 2, 1945 (ddr-csujad-38-573)
A letter from Jennie G. Hermon, Local Board No. 277, Selective Service System, to George Nobuo Naohara incarcerated in the Tule Lake camp in California. It requires George to answer all the questions in DDS from 304A. It appears that George did not follow their instruction, crossing out his answers on the forms, and the office …
Letter from Robert A. Allison to Nobuo Naohara, March 31, 1944 (ddr-csujad-38-563)
doc Letter from Robert A. Allison to Nobuo Naohara, March 31, 1944 (ddr-csujad-38-563)
A letter from Robert A. Allison, War Relocation Authority, to George Nobuo Naohara. It responds to his request for leave, informing that he needs to appear before the Leave Clearance Committee for clarification of questions at 3:45 PM on Monday April 3, 1944, at Block 22-1-B, the Jerome camp in Arkansas. See this object in the …
24th Infantry Division Headquarters in Japan held football game (ddr-csujad-38-418)
img 24th Infantry Division Headquarters in Japan held football game (ddr-csujad-38-418)
Football game held by 24th Infantry Division Headquarters in Japan. The caption reads: 24th Infantry Division Headquarters in Japan held football game. Title from caption. Item from: George Naohara scrapbook: Korean War and before leaving Japan (csudh_nao_0600). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_04_001_002
Mess hall at Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (ddr-csujad-38-21)
img Mess hall at Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (ddr-csujad-38-21)
Photographed is a mess hall at Civilian Conservation Corps Camp, Rupert, Idaho. Includes George Nobuo Naohara. The caption reads: The mess hall of C.C.C. Camp [Civilian Conservation Corps Camp] was well furnished with good kitchen appliances and tools. I was raised in Japan and did not know how to operate or use them, but I was …
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