Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person born in the United States of Japanese immigrant parents and educated chiefly in Japan.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Japanese, to go home, return to America, Kibei : ki, return (from Middle Chinese kuj) + bei, rice, America (from Middle Chinese mej, rice).

Examples

  • With his sword Kibei tore and severed the cording of the net.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari Tales of the Tokugawa, Volume 1 (of 2)

  • The author points out correctly that a significant fraction of the Nisei, the so-called "Kibei," received their education in Japan.

    IsThatLegal?

  • Hmmm. I say "some sort of protective action" as against "at least some" Kibei.

    IsThatLegal?

  • Malkin asks at the end of her post whether I can be understood to be supporting the "locking up" of all Kibei (American citizens of Japanese ancestry who were sent to Japan for some or all of their education before the war).

    IsThatLegal?

  • (Of course, hindsight tells us that even that might well have been overdoing things in view of the fact that many Kibei, whose knowledge of Japanese made them superb military translators, proved to be outstanding patriots once given the chance to prove their loyalty).

    IsThatLegal?

  • I didn't suggest that; what I told Cathy Young was that "there were valid reasons, both in intelligence information and from what was generally known, for the government to take some sort of protective action touching Japanese aliens and most probably at least some of the so-called 'Kibei.'"

    IsThatLegal?

  • (I hasten to note, by the way, that some Kibei (even some with long experience in Japan) played crucial roles in the U.S. military during World War II, especially in intelligence.) 2.

    IsThatLegal?

  • At most this suggests, as Lt. Commander Ringle advocated, that the Kibei be specifically watched.

    IsThatLegal?

  • Those, it would seem, are even clearer instances of threat to the United States by American citizens than the handful of vague references about Kibei and/or Nisei in the MAGIC cables.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » IN DEFENSE OF INTERNMENT, Part 10:

  • He raved so for the woman that Kibei thought her presence would quiet him.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari Tales of the Tokugawa, Volume 1 (of 2)

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