How do our confrontations with justice and injustice shape our identity? Seventy-six years ago, Japanese Americans were forcibly relocated and unjustly incarcerated by the United States government under the specter of world war. No Japanese American had been tried for a crime or charged with wrongdoing. They were imprisoned solely because of their Japanese identity and ancestry. For seven year old Jeanne Wakatsuki, the search for her own unique identity is shaped by the wrongs done to Japanese Americans during World War II. Through the study of literature and history, we will empower students to understand the impact of grave injustices, especially those the violate our highest national ideals, and to consider whether it is possible to reconcile past injustices with our identities and ideals today, both individually and collectively.
This workshop is co-presented by the National Japanese American Historical Society and Facing History and Ourselves. We will feature historical resources presented by the National Japanese American Historical Society, explore the Military Intelligence Service Learning Center, and delve into literary approaches from Facing History’s new educator’s guide to Jeanne Wakatusuki Houston’s memoir of incarceration, Farewell to Manzanar.
In this workshop you will:
After this workshop, you will:
Receive coaching and support as you implement Facing History into your classroom
Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost
Recommended for middle and high school teachers.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please indicate any dietary needs in the registration form.