Resources for Educators

Dancing at an internment camp


National Endowment for the Arts Big Read website


  • A grassroots organization dedicated to preserving, educating, and sharing the story of World War II-era incarceration of Japanese Americans.


Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice by Lorraine K. Bannai (University of Washington Press, 2018)

  • The biography of Fred Korematsu, detailing his decision to resist F.D.R.’s Executive Order 9066, leading to internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. 

Internment by Samira Ahmed (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2019)

  • Set in the near-future in the United States, a 17-year-old and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim Americans.

Relocating Authority: Japanese Americans Writing to Redress Mass Incarceration by Mira Shimabukuro (university Press of Colorado, 2016)

  • Examines the ways Japanese Americans have continually used writing to respond to the circumstances of their community’s mass imprisonment during World War II. (Note: This author will be speaking at a Highline event.)

The Incarceration of Japanese Americans in the 1940s: Literature for the High School Classroom by Rachel Endo (National Council of Teachers of English, 2018)

  • This volume in the NCTE High School Literature Series features author biographies, guiding questions, resources for teachers, and student-centered activities that incorporate digital literacy. Assignments and discussion questions that appeal to multiple learning styles are included.