Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Japanese Incarceration


We are learning Oregon history about the story of people of Japanese descent before, during, and after World War II.

Please watch the following videos about Japanese incarceration from the Densho website. As you watch each video, please complete an Information/Questions/Connections sheet. You will use your notes when we come back together as a team to talk about what we learned.

Part One: A Community Grows, Despite Racism

Part Two: Looking Like the Enemy

Part Three: American Concentration Camps

Part Four: Responses to Incarceration

Part Five: Righting a Wrong

Part Six: Why Does This Matter Now?


Additional Resources


After you finish your notes for the videos linked above, please choose from the following.


Why I Love a Country that Once Betrayed Me


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In this video titled Why I Love a Country that Once Betrayed Me, George Takei reflects on his family's experiences before, during, and after their time in a concentration camp. He was five years old at the time of their incarceration.

As you watch, please complete an Information/Questions/Connections sheet. You will use your notes when we come back together as a team to talk about what we learned.


Democracy Now!: Seven Decades Ago the U.S. Detained 120,000 Japanese Americans, Could It Happen Again?




This spring 2016 video from Democracy Now!, a news program about world and U.S. events, continues our conversation about "Why does this matter now?"

As you watch, please complete an Information/Questions/Connections sheet. You will use your notes when we come back together as a team to talk about what we learned.


Dorothea Lange's Censored Photographs of FDR's Japanese Concentration Camps



These photographs by Dorothea Lange, a well known documentary photographer, provide a visual record of the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans in 1942.

As you view these photographs, please complete an Information/Questions/Connections sheet. You will use your notes when we come back together as a team to talk about what we learned.


Incarceration by Executive Order: Remembering Japanese American Internment Camps, 75 Years Later



This Washington Post newspaper article includes a number of visuals while providing a summary of the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans.

As you read this article, please complete an Information/Questions/Connections sheet. You will use your notes when we come back together as a team to talk about what we learned.


An American Contradiction




This documentary chronicles the journey of Vanessa Yuille to her mother's birthplace, Heart Mountain, Wyoming, where Japanese Americans were incarcerated in a concentration camp during WWII.

As you read this article, please complete an Information/Questions/Connections sheet. You will use your notes when we come back together as a team to talk about what we learned.

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