Explore Facing History’s Educator Resources on Japanese American Incarceration

Facing History has a range of resources on Japanese and Japanese American incarceration (often referred to as "Japanese internment") during World War II that you can use to accompany the Smithsonian Museum's Righting a Wrong poster exhibition.

Bearing Witness to Japanese American Incarceration

How should we remember the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II? These lesson ideas probe the complex issues arising from the history of Japanese incarceration, enabling students to explore difficult questions about national identity, institutional racism, and the boundaries of US citizenship.

Aliens in Their Own Land: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans

This blog post provides background information on this important history.

And Then They Came for Us

Stream this documentary from Abby Ginzburg and Ken Schneider, which tells the history of Japanese American internment and also follows Japanese American activists speaking out against the Muslim registry and travel ban.

Teaching Farewell to Manzanar

Part of the Witnesses to History series, this study guide interweaves a literary analysis of Jeanne Wakatsuki’s memoir of her childhood in an internment camp with an exploration of the historical context surrounding her experience. You can also view this on-demand webinar to teaching the memoir, and members of Facing History’s educator network can borrow class sets of the book.


In addition, in-person educator workshops on Japanese incarceration are scheduled in New York City and Chicago later this winter.

2020

February

  • 7
    Teaching Japanese Internment Using Memoir
    New York
    Workshop
    $25.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Teaching Japanese Internment Using Memoir

    Empower students to identify injustice with a literary and historical examination of Japanese American Incarceration during World War II. We will feature Facing History and Ourselves’ new educator’s guide to Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s memoir Farewell to Manzanar.

    February 7, 2020
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Japan Society
    333 E 47th St
    New York, NY 10017

March

  • 31
    Japanese American Incarceration
    Illinois
    Workshop
    $110.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Fear and Courage: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II

    How do our confrontations with justice and injustice shape our identity? Through the study of historical documents and literature, including Farewell to Manzanar, we will explore the history and legacies of the forced relocation and incarceration of Japanese Americans by the United States government during World War II.
    March 31, 2020
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    2nd Floor Conference Center
    2 N LaSalle
    2nd Floor Conference Center
    Chicago, IL 60602

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