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Open Books Open Minds - When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
The RIC Open Books--Open Minds common book for 2011/2012.
"Densho provides free multidisciplinary lessons that introduce students to questions of civil liberties in relation to the life experiences of Japanese Americans. The online units available here feature a variety of printable lessons that meet curriculum goals correlated to standards in several subjects. Densho invites teachers to assess the effectiveness of the curricula. To send comments or request information about Seattle-area teacher workshops, write to email@example.com.
Artist Estelle Ishigo, the European American wife of a Japanese American, was among the American citizens forced out of California during World War II. Ishigo and her husband, Arthur, were first sent to Pomona Assembly Center and later to Heart Mountain Relocation Center, in a remote area of Wyoming. There, Estelle Ishigo continued her work as a painter. Students reflect on Ishigo's artwork and personal writing to develop a sense of historical understanding of the internees' experiences during and after incarceration. The unit also defines and describes basic human rights and the role of an American citizen.
The Japanese American National Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate in Los Angeles, presents personal accounts of the internment in an online exhibition, Dear Miss Breed: Letters from Camp. Before the war, Clara Estelle Breed, the children’s librarian at the San Diego Public Library, came to know many young Japanese Americans. When they were evacuated from San Diego, she was at the train station to see them off. She handed out stamped, self-addressed postcards and urged them to write to her.
12 photographs : b & w ; 56 x 43 cm. + 1 broadsheet
Jackdaw photo collection ; PC 106
Contents 1. Flag-raising at relocation camp -- 2. Heart Mountain, Wyoming -- 3. Nisei football in Utah -- 4. Agricultural workers in Idaho -- 5. Night school for internees -- 6. A skating rink in Wyoming -- 7. Relocation camp mural tells the story -- 8. Community enterprise store in Wyoming -- 9. Barber shop in Idaho -- 10. Communal dining at Tule Lake Relocation Center -- 11. Easter egg hunt in Arkansas -- 12. Family of five in their barracks home
1 portfolio (26 pieces) : ill., facsims, 23 x 35 cm
Amawalk, N.Y. : Jackdaw Publications, 2004
Primary source documents: Front page of San Francisco Chronicle, December 8, 1941 -- Article by Walter Lippmann on"Fifth column" activity, February 12, 1942 -- Executive order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, February 19, 1942 -- Public law 503, March 21, 1942 -- Exclusion order no. 27, with map of prohibited area and instructions for evacuees, April 30, 1942 -- Map showing location of all assembly and relocation centers -- Internment-related clippings from Seattle, Washington newspapers, 1941-1942 -- Confidential report on legal and constitutional questions created by internment, August 12, 1943 -- Page from Camp Harmony news-letter, Puyallup Assembly Center, July 10, 1942 -- School essay from Hunt Hight School yearbook, Minidoka Relocation Center -- First page of Supreme Court decision for Korematsu v. the United States, December 18, 1994 -- Loyalty questionnaire given to all draft-age males in relocation camps, February 1943 -- Public law 100-393, signed by President Ronald Reagan, August 10, 1988 -- Camp scenes photo poster -- Japanese-American internment photo album -- Broadsheet essays: Asian immigration -- A question of fear -- Going to internment camps -- Fighting internment -- Deciding loyalty and ending relocation -- Reproducible student activities with response key -- Suggestions for integrating this Jackdaw into the classroom -- Timeline -- Document descriptions -- Recommended reading list
In the early 1940's, Clara Breed was the children's librarian at the San Diego Public Library. But she was also friend to dozens of Japanese American children and teens when war broke out in December of 1941. The story of what happened to these American citizens is movingly told through letters that her young friends wrote to Miss Breed during their internment. This remarkable librarian and humanitarian served as a lifeline to these imprisoned young people, and was brave enough to speak out against a shameful chapter in American history.
The Story of a Japanese-American Internment Camp: Based on a Classroom Diary.During World War II, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. Hardworking and patriotic, Japanese Americans were as stunned by the attack as the rest of the country. Still, the U.S. government questioned their loyalty, and within hours of the invasion, FBI agents searched their homes. On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, giving the army the power to establish military zones in the U.S. "from which any or all persons may be excluded as deemed necessary." As a result, thousands of Japanese Americans were ordered to leave their homes and move to war relocation centers.Lillian "Anne" Yamauchi Hori was among the unfortunate Americans removed to an internment camp in Topaz, Utah. During her time there, she taught a third-grade class that kept a daily diary. Although the words and drawings in the twenty entries excerpted here reveal the injustices experienced by the children, the students were remarkably resilient. They collected desert pets, put on plays, and celebrated holidays. With invaluable commentary and archival photographs, Michael O. Tunnell and George W. Chilcoat have placed the diary in a historical context, expanding on the details of daily life in a war relocation camp.