Voices of Japanese-American Internees Curriculum
Using video histories of Japanese-American internees during World War II, this lesson engages students in understanding the discrimination that Japanese Americans faced before and after their internment. In addition, students will be introduced to the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, and discuss whether or not it made up for the discrimination that Japanese Americans received from the U.S. government.
Students will learn about the concept of the “perpetual foreigner syndrome” and understand how it contributes to past and present discrimination against Asian Americans and, specifically, Japanese Americans.
Students will learn about the escalation of hate if left unchecked.
Students will identify examples of different types of hate in the 20th century faced by Japanese Americans.
Students will discuss two different perspectives from former Japanese-American internees about the redress made by the U.S. government.
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