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n. pl. Kibei or Ki·beis
A person born in the United States of Japanese immigrant parents and educated chiefly in Japan.

[Japanese, to return to the United States, Kibei : ki, return (from Middle Chinese kyj; also the source of Mandarin guī, from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *kwər; akin Tibetan ′khor) + bei, the United States (from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese character meaning "rice," pronounced in Mandarin, that was used to represent the syllable -me- in early Chinese transliterations of America).]
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(Peoples) history someone of Japanese ancestry born in the US and educated in Japan
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n., pl. -bei.
(sometimes l.c.) a person of Japanese descent, born in North America but educated mainly in Japan. Compare Issei, Nisei, Sansei.
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"The two MCAs urged water harvesting in rivers to be controlled at all times.Other guests who participated in the event were Molo MP Kuria Kimani and Mr Job Kibei Tomno, the county chief Environment and Water officer.
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Like other kibei (those born in the United States and educated in Japan), he fought at the Pacific Front.
The Kika (or Kibei in the United States) were a special category of the Nisei, born on North-American soil, but sent by parents back to the homeland, to be raised and educated.
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The JACL supported Myer's assimilationist beliefs and policies, but its prominence often was resented by traditional Issei community leaders and by Kibei, American-born Nisei raised and educated in Japan.
Hanae is anticipated to grow up a Kibei, a Japanese American born in America but growing up in Japan.
(83) The film documents the post-camp life of artist Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, a kibei. (84) Mirikitani, a pacifist, was interned during World War II and ultimately renounced his citizenship.
(24.) The ten of the forty-five graduates who were kept as instructors at Camp Savage, Minnesota, were all Kibei, Japanese born in America but educated in Japan.
It wasn't until the late 1950s that she began putting pen to paper to tell the fascinating yet troubling stories of America's Issei, Nisei, and Kibei (a Nisei sent to Japan for education).
The WRA wanted to differentiate the attitudes of the Kibei, Japanese Americans who had been educated in Japan, from the Nisei and Issei.
The latter report established a good case for removing several hundred Kibei (Nisei who had spent time in Japan).