Learning Center

Densho provides free multidisciplinary lessons that introduce students to questions of civil liberties in relation to the life experiences of Japanese Americans. The online units available here feature a variety of printable lessons that meet curriculum goals correlated to standards in several subjects.

Campu: A Podcast

Densho’s new podcast, Campu, tells the story of Japanese American incarceration like you’ve never heard it before. Brother-sister duo Hana and Noah Maruyama weave together the voices of survivors to spin narratives out of the seemingly mundane things that gave shape to the incarceration experience: rocks, fences, food, paper. Follow along is they move far beyond the standard Japanese American incarceration 101 and into more intimate and lesser-known corners of this history.

Densho Resource Guide


The Densho Resource Guide to Media on the Japanese American Removal and Incarceration is a directory to hundreds of children’s books, literary works, films and videos, plays, curriculum guides, websites and other media that touch on the incarceration and its aftermath. While aimed at educators, the guide is useful for anyone looking for just the right book, video, or other work on the incarceration.

Teaching with Primary Sources

Teaching with Primary Sources

This free online course will give you the historical background, primary source materials, and instructional strategies you need to teach the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans in the secondary school classroom.

Examining Racism and Discrimination

This curriculum centers on stories of discrimination as told by Japanese American, Black, and Muslim individuals. Their stories are framed within larger historical and contemporary contexts in order to show how structural racism impacts individual lives. It is designed for middle and high school classrooms; learning activities are aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Sites of Shame

The Sites of Shame website explores the national network of detention facilities through an interactive map, timeline, and site locator. The personal impact of these sites is told through the voices of a family as they remember this difficult time in their lives.

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