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Mo� YonamineTeaching Untold Stories During Asian Pacific  
Heritage Month      

By Mo� Yonamine, high school teacher, Portland, Ore.



Art Shibayama / (c) Tyler Sipe, PRI's The World.
Art Shibayama holds a portrait of his family, interned by the U.S. government. (c) Tyler Sipe, PRI's The World.
Most U.S. history textbooks now acknowledge that beginning in 1942, the U.S. government rounded up more than 110,000 people of Japanese descent---- even those who were U.S. citizens---- and sent them to internment camps. What the textbooks fail to include is that the United States demanded that Latin American governments do the same thing, and turn over their own internees to U.S. authorities. These internees went on to become refugees with no country to call home. Read more





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Related resources at the Zinn Education Project website

The Other InternmentThe Other Internment: Teaching the Hidden Story of Japanese Latin Americans During WWII.

By Mo� Yonamine. Poetry, photography, and text are used in this role play to teach about the seldom told history of Japanese Latin American internment during WWII.


A Lesson on the Japanese American Internment. Teaching Activity PDF. Learning About the Unfairgrounds: A 4th-Grade Teacher Introduces Her Students to Executive Order 9066. By Katie Baydo-Reed. Students hold a "tea party" and a mock trial to connect with a challenging novel.
ANPO: Art X WarANPO: Art X War: A film tackles the U.S. occupation of Japan.

Film review and teaching activity. By Mo� Yonamine. ANPO is a documentary about visual resistance to U.S. military bases in Japan by Japan's foremost contemporary artists.

Got Coal imageYuri Kochiyama: "Then Came the War." Sandra Oh reads Yuri Kochiyama, "Then Came the War" (1991). By Voices of a People's History. Yuri Kochiyama and her family were among 120,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast rounded up in a wave of anti-Japanese hysteria.
Teaching About Asian Pacific AmericansTeaching About Asian Pacific Americans: Effective Activities, Strategies, and Assignments for Classrooms and Communities. Edited by Edith Wen-Chu Chen and Glenn Omatsu. Comprehensive collection of articles and lessons on Asian American and Pacific American history.

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