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The World War II Odyssey of King County's Japanese Americans

Click here to view an interactive flipbook of the educational supplement that was published by the Seattle Times as part of their Newspapers in Education program on April 12, 2015.

Online Course for Educators

Learn how to teach about the Japanese American incarceration in the classroom. This online course shows teachers how to use historic photographs, documents, newspapers, political cartoons, film documentaries, and oral histories to reveal this important chapter in American history.

The online course takes approximately 4 hours to complete. For completing the course and filling out an evaluation, teachers will receive the following rewards:

  • Certificate of completion which can be used to document professional development hours
  • The Legacy of Heart Mountain (DVD) Award-winning documentary that highlights nine personal stories that are connected to the Heart Mountain concentration camp
  • Conscience and the Constitution (DVD) Two-Disc Collector's Edition features the largest organized resistance to the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans
  • Printed copies of World War II Odyssey of King County's Japanese Americans, an 8-page educational supplement produced by The Seattle Times and Densho

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Historical Videos

Watch these videos to get an overview of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans, what led up to it, and its repercussions. Each video runs about 5 minutes.


For more information on the wartime odyssey of Japanese Americans in Seattle see the following works:

Daniels, Roger. "The Exile and Return of Seattle's Japanese." Pacific Northwest Quarterly 88.4 (Fall 1997): 166-73.

Fiset, Louis. Camp Harmony: Seattle's Japanese Americans and the Puyallup Assembly Center. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009.

Hirabayashi, Gordon, with James A. Hirabayashi, and Lane Ryo Hirabayashi. A Principled Stand: The Story of Hirabayashi v. United States. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2013.

Lee, Shelley Sang Hee. Claiming the Oriental Gateway: Prewar Seattle and Japanese America. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011.

Miyamoto, S[hotaro] Frank, and Robert W. O'Brien. "A Survey of Some Changes in the Seattle Japanese Community Since Evacuation." Research Studies of the State College of Washington 15 (1947): 147-54.

Mochizuki, Ken. Meet Me at Higo: An Enduring Story of a Japanese American Family. Seattle: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 2011.

Neiwert, David. Strawberry Days: How Internment Destroyed a Japanese American Community. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Okada, John. No-No Boy. Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle, 1957. San Francisco: Combined Asian American Resources Project, Inc., 1976. Introd. Lawson Fusao Inada. Afterword by Frank Chin. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1979.

Pak, Yoon K. Wherever I Go, I Will Always Be a Loyal American: Schooling Seattle's Japanese Americans During World War II. New York: RoutledgeFalmer, 2002. [Based on letters written to Ella Evanson, a teacher at Seattle's Washington School, by her former students.]

Shimabukuro, Robert Sadamu. Born in Seattle: The Campaign for Japanese American Redress. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001.

Sone, Monica. Nisei Daughter. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1953. S. Frank Miyamoto, introd. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1979.

Takami, David A. Executive Order 9066: 50 Years Before and 50 Years After: A History of Japanese Americans in Seattle. Seattle: Wing Luke Asian Museum, 1992.

__________. Divided Destiny: A History of Japanese Americans in Seattle. Seattle University of Washington Press and Wing Luke Asian Museum, 1998.

For a more extensive bibliography and guide to resources, see the resources section of the Densho website.


Special thanks to the Visible Thinking Project, at Harvard Project Zero, for the use of the thinking routines listed. For more information, www.visiblethinkingpz.org, or Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners, by Ritchhart, Morrison, and Church, published by Jossey-Bass, 2011.

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