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Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Topic 3 - Internment
Section of the A More Perfect Union online exhibit focused on everyday life in Japanese American internment camps during World War II. Living in geographically isolated camps under harsh conditions and laboring for unfair wages, internees recreated a community structure that enabled them to live as normal a life as possible as well as thrive culturally. Artifacts from the Museum's collections, fine art, primary source documents, photographs and oral histories provide a sense of the daily life of internees as well as an appreciation for the unique art and culture that emerged from the rigors of life in the camps.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Topic 4 – Loyalty
Section of the A More Perfect Union online exhibit focused on how the loyalty of Japanese Americans was tested during World War II. Based on answers to mandatory loyalty questionnaires, many Japanese Americans were sent to separate camps, repatriated, expatriated or given the opportunity to be drafted into the military. This section includes artifacts from the Museum' collections, primary source documents, photographs and oral histories.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Topic 6 – Justice
Section of the A More Perfect Union online exhibit focused on the efforts of Japanese Americans to receive justice after their internment during World War II. This section uses artifacts from the Museum's collections, primary source documents, photographs and oral histories to discuss the court cases brought against the government, the formal apologies and efforts of redress by the government and the successes of members of the Japanese American community in post-war United States.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Korean-American Resources
List of links and news articles on Korean Americans on these topics: Journalism/Media, Theater, Film and Television, Tae Kwon Do, Adoptees, Religion/Churches, Children’s Books, Literature, Dance, and general.
Provider: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
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Grade(s): All grades
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Leaving Things Behind
Lesson has students respond to a quote by a woman who was forced to move to a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. Questions, period photographs, quotes, and artifacts reveal the emotions of internment. Students consider what they would bring with them if they were being taken to an internment camp.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Make your Own Fish Kite
Lesson has students make their own fish kites called koinobori. Koinobori are an important expression of Japanese culture that became an important part of life for children in Japanese American internment camps during World War II. Part of the resource “Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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On Gold Mountain
Online exhibition documenting the history of Chinese immigration to the United States from the early 19th century to today. Topics include “Chinese Laborers in the West,” “Los Angeles’s Chinatown,” and “Traditions, Citizenship, and Contributions.”
Provider: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Reading Baseball Saved Us
Lesson has children read information about the book Baseball Saved Us, its author and its illustrator. Includes images of objects from the online exhibit A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution. Part of the “Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp” resource.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Resources - A More Perfect Union: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution
Reference webpage with links to all of the resources included in the online exhibit A More Perfect Union. This page serves as a resource on the Japanese American Internment camps of World War II. Included are links to a statement by one of the exhibition's curators and the text of the original traveling exhibition A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and The United States Constitution, as well as a historical overview of the period, two classroom activities, a bibliography of books for grades 4 through 12, and a list of relevant web sites about Japanese and Asian American culture and history.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program (APAP) provides vision, leadership, and support for all Asian Pacific American (APA) activities at the Smithsonian, while serving as the Smithsonian’s liaison to APA communities. Through exhibitions, programs, research, and collaborations, APAP reflects experiences of Asian Pacific Americans, their role in U.S. history, and empowers them by increasing their sense of inclusion in our national culture.
Provider: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
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