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Japanese American Incarceration Camp Research Guide

the Japanese-American Incarceration Camp Research Guide features collections of primary and secondary sources which elucidate on the cultural, political, and historical aspects of Japanese-American incarceration during WWII.

Purpose of the Guide and How to Use it

(Jack and Peggy Iwata Collection / Japanese American National Museum)


The guide seeks to answer key questions about this event, which can be found on the left side of the page. Each page offers three important primary sources, secondary sources, and media resources on the particular subject. The Additional Resources page provides a wealth of related documents and collections. The purpose of this guide is to provide primary and secondary sources that contain information related to the Japanese American Incarceration Camps during WWII. Between 1942 and 1945, 120,000 Japanese Americans were sent to ten concentration camps.

The guide coincides with the 2020 One Book, One San Diego winner-"They Called Us Enemy" written by George Takei and illustrated by Harmony Becker. It is meant to be used as a starting point for the student interested in this aspect of history who may not know much about it.  The materials in the Additional Resources section range from photography collections taken by camp prisoners to U.S. government documents. The guide provides both etic and emic materials to better encapsulate the topic. 

One Book, One San Diego 2020: "They Called Us Enemy" by George Takei and Illustrated by Harmony Becker

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