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Further explore the Japanese American experience during World War II through these selected online links and other resources:

Japanese American Confinement Sites
Sites devoted to documenting the general history of the WWII incarceration and the heroic Japanese American military service during the war, including online photographic exhibits.

Specific Prison Camp Sites
Sites devoted to documenting the incarceration experience in several camps.

Organizations & History
Japanese American national organizations, health care and general history sites.

Books
A bibliography of available books on Japanese American WWII incarceration.

FOR OTHER VIDEOS ON THE INCARCERATION EXPERIENCE, PLEASE SEE THE CENTER FOR ASIAN AMERICAN MEDIA ONLINE CATALOG.

AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW!!!

Teacher's Guide
Racism, Culture & Trauma: The Japanese American Internment*. A Teacher's Guide for the Children of the Camps Documentary by Satsuki Ina, Ph.D. To be used to guide discussion in the classroom as well as enhance individual study of the subject. The 48-page guide includes images from the documentary, individual and classroom exercises, and references.

The purpose of the Teacher's Guide is to:

1) Provide the social-historical context for the documentary,

2) Explore the psychological consequences of the incarceration and mitigating cultural coping mechanisms,

3) Describe how the documentary was used as a community intervention to address the unresolved legacy of the incarceration trauma, and

4) Offer classroom activities to increase student awareness, empathy and insight regarding the effects of racism.

The Table of Contents include:

I. The Social and Historical Context
Uprooting and Physical Conditions
Family Stressors
Psychological Stressors

II. Racism as Traumatic Stress
Culture and Trauma
Indications of Unresolved Trauma
The Abuse Dichotomy
Posttraumatic Stress
Cognitive Distortions
Altered Emotionality
Dissociation
Impaired Self-Reference
Disturbed Relatedness
Avoidance

III. Children of the Camps: Trauma and Healing
Children of the Camps Documentary and Educational Project
The American Public: National PBS Broadcast and Viewer's Guide
The Japanese American Community: Community Education Forums
Mental Health Providers: Cultural Competence



TO DOWNLOAD the Teacher's Guide (.pdf files), please use the following links:

Racism, Culture & Trauma: The Japanese American Internment* OUTER COVER (2 MB)

Racism, Culture & Trauma: The Japanese American Internment* (34 MB)

 
*More accurate terminology today is "incarceration" or "prison camp" instead of "internment."




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