Educator Resources

As you scroll down this page you will see a variety of resources to be used personally, in the classroom, or as a reference when you visit the Memorial in person. There are many other outstanding websites dedicated to the story of the Japanese American soldiers of WWII and the incarceration of 120,000 during the war.

Elementary School Curriculum

This classroom guide to the National Japanese American Memorial, by Gary Mukai, was created in conjunction with Stanford University's Program on International and Cross-cultural Education (SPICE), Stanford Institute for International Studies. The intended use of these documents is education of school-aged children.

High School Curriculum

This classroom guide, written by Gary Mukai, was created in conjunction with Stanford University's Program on International and Cross-cultural Education (SPICE), Stanford Institute for International Studies. The intended use of these documents is education of school-aged children.


Tour Guides

About the Memorial is a 17-page package of information about the history, the creation of the Memorial, and the Foundation's mission. It also includes helpful statistics and media interviews.

Creation of this material was funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant program. Any opinions, findings, or conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of the Interior.


Internment

The Internment Cases is a pdf version of training slides used for docent training. Currently, the word "incarceration" is used to describe the forcible restriction of Japanese Americans during WWII rather than "internment."


An Unparalleled Patriotism: Japanese Americans in WWII

Video showing students introducing veterans who discuss why they entered the service while their families were incarcerated by the government.


A Video Tour of the Memorial

Carolyn Hoover, granddaughter of two internees and Duke University student, has created a series of short videos on the National Japanese American Memorial. You can see them here:

Introduction

The crane sculpture

The Bell

Granite panels

The Camps

The call to serve

The reflecting pool

Dedication Ceremony, November 2000

Commemorative video with sculptor's and architect's thoughts, as well as other personal testimonies.