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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Takashi Matsui Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-45-3)
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A Kibei's story: leaving the United States to be educated in Japan
Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 52 (ddr-densho-1000-153-52)
vh Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 52 (ddr-densho-1000-153-52)
Description of relationship between Kibei and Nisei at Camp Savage, Minnesota; thoughts on the level of Japanese language education at the language school

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of ...

Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 46 (ddr-densho-1000-153-46)
vh Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 46 (ddr-densho-1000-153-46)
Feeling discriminated against as a Kibei

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of his life experiences are similar to those who do identify themselves as such.

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vh Minoru "Min" Tsubota Interview Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-149-25)
Discussion of the Kibei at Fort Bliss, Texas, memories of clashes with Caucasian soldiers
John Tateishi Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-469-7)
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Father's anger about the incarceration, being called a "troublemaker"
Minoru Kiyota Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-36-3)
vh Minoru Kiyota Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-36-3)
Resisting the Japanese way of teaching,"...regimentation, constant examination"

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Tule Lake Pilgrimage held at Klamath Falls, Oregon and at the site of Tule Lake incarceration camp in California. Given the limited time available during this event, the length and breadth of this interview are shorter than other Densho interviews.

Minoru Kiyota Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-36-1)
vh Minoru Kiyota Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-36-1)
Family background and mother's decision to send son to Japan

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Tule Lake Pilgrimage held at Klamath Falls, Oregon and at the site of Tule Lake incarceration camp in California. Given the limited time available during this event, the length and breadth of this interview are shorter than other Densho ...

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