Additional Resources

This section serves as a reference for useful resources relating to Japanese American history, using primary and secondary sources, conducting oral histories, and exploring current events. It contains links to websites as well as listings of printed and video materials.

Links to Web Resources

The following list is by no means comprehensive, but instead is intended to provide links to websites that are rich in primary sources, including photographs and documents. The last section contains curricular materials.

Exclusion and Incarceration

Military Service and Draft Resistance

Individual Incarceration Camps

For an overview of all the detention facilities that held Japanese Americans, see Densho’s website Sites of Shame.

Curricula and Education

For Densho’s downloadable curriculum units, see the Learning Center:

Discover Nikkei, an Internet resource of the Japanese American National Museum, includes a searchable database of lessons on Japanese American history and culture:

Printed Resource Citations


  • Azuma, Eiichiro. Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. [ link ]
  • Chuman, Frank F. The Bamboo People: The Law and Japanese Americans. Del Mar, CA: Publisher’s Inc., 1976. [ link ]
  • Daniels, Roger. The Politics of Prejudice: The Anti-Japanese Movement in California and the Struggle for Japanese Exclusion. 1962. 2nd edition. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1977. [ link ]
  • __________. Asian America: Chinese and Japanese in the United States since 1850. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1988. [ link ]
  • Fugita, Stephen and David J. O’Brien. Japanese American Ethnicity: The Persistence of Community. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1991. [ link ]
  • Hayashi, Brian Masaru. ‘For the Sake of Our Japanese Brethren’: Assimilation, Nationalism, and Protestantism among the Japanese of Los Angeles, 1895-1942. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995. [ link ]
  • Ichioka, Yuji. The Issei: The World of the First Generation Japanese Immigrants, 1885-1924. New York: The Free Press, 1988. [ link ]
  • __________. Before Internment: Essays in Prewar Japanese American History. Ed. Gordon H. Chang and Eiichiro Azuma. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006. [ link ]
  • Ito, Kazuo. Issei: A History of Japanese Immigrants in North America. Shinichiro Nakamura, Jean S. Gerard, trans. Seattle: Executive Committee for the Publication of Issei: A History of Japanese Immigrants in North America, 1973. [ link ]
  • Kurashige, Lon. Japanese American Celebration and Conflict : A History of Ethnic Identity and Festival, 1934-1990. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. [ link ]
  • Matsumoto, Valerie. Farming the Home Place: A Japanese American Community in California, 1919-1982. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1993. [ link ]
  • Modell, John. The Economics and Politics of Racial Accommodation: The Japanese of Los Angeles 1900-1942. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1977. [ link ]
  • Spickard, Paul R. Japanese Americans: The Formation and Transformations of an Ethnic Group. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1996. [ link ]
  • Takahashi, Jere. Nisei/Sansei: Shifting Japanese American Identities and Politics. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1997. [ link ]
  • Tamura, Eileen. Americanization, Acculturation, and Ethnic Identity: The Nisei Generation in Hawaii. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994. [ link ]
  • Tamura, Linda. The Hood River Issei: An Oral History of Japanese Settlers in Oregon’s Hood River Valley. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1993. [ link ]
  • Yoo, David. Growing Up Nisei: Race, Generation, and Culture among Japanese Americans of California, 1924-49. Foreword by Roger Daniels. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000. [ link ]

World War II Overview

  • Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. Personal Justice Denied: Report of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1982. Foreword by Tetsuden Kashima. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997. [ link ]
  • Daniels, Roger. Prisoners Without Trial: Japanese Americans in World War II. New York: Hill and Wang, 1993. [ link ]
  • __________, Sandra C. Taylor, and Harry H. L. Kitano, eds. Japanese Americans: From Relocation to Redress. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1986. Revised edition. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1991. [ link ]
  • Fugita, Stephen S., and Marilyn Fernandez. Altered Lives, Enduring Community: Japanese Americans Remember Their World War II Incarceration. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004. [ link ]
  • Harth, Erica, ed. Last Witnesses: Reflections on the Wartime Internment of Japanese Americans. New York: Palgrave, 2001. [ link ]
  • Hayashi, Brian Masaru. Democratizing the Enemy: The Japanese American Internment. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004. [ link ]
  • Howard, John. Concentration Camps on the Home Front: Japanese Americans in the House of Jim Crow. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. [ link ]
  • Kashima, Tetsuden. Judgment Without Trial: Japanese American Imprisonment during World War II. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002. [ link ]
  • Robinson, Greg. A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009. [ link ]
  • Weglyn, Michi. Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America’s Concentration Camps. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1976. Updated ed. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996. [ link ]

Why It Happened and Administration

  • Daniels, Roger. Concentration Camps, U.S.A.: Japanese Americans and World War II. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971. Concentration Camps, North America: Japanese in the United States and Canada during World War II. Malabar, FL: Robert E. Krieger Publishing Co., 1981. [ link ]
  • Drinnon, Richard. Keeper of Concentration Camps: Dillon S. Myer and American Racism. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987. [ link ]
  • Gardiner, C. Harvey. Pawns in a Triangle of Hate: The Peruvian Japanese and the United States. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1981. [ link ]
  • Grodzins, Morton. Americans Betrayed: Politics and the Japanese Evacuation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1949. [ link ]
  • Ichioka, Yuji, ed. and introduction. Views from Within: The Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study. Los Angeles: University of California at Los Angeles, 1989. [ link ]
  • Muller, Eric L. American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007. [ link ]
  • Robinson, Greg. By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001. [ link ]
  • de Nevers, Klancy Clark. The Colonel and the Pacifist: Karl Bendetsen, Perry Saito and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Foreword by Roger Daniels. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2004. [ link ]
  • tenBroek, Jacobus, Edward N. Barnhart, and Floyd Matson. Prejudice, War, and the Constitution. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1954. [ link ]

Life in the Concentration Camps

  • Fiset, Louis. Imprisoned Apart: The World War II Correspondence of an Issei Couple. Foreword by Roger Daniels. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997. [ link ]
  • Chang, Gordon H., ed., annotation and biographical essay. Morning Glory, Evening Shadow: Yamato Ichihashi and His Internment Writings, 1942-1945. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1997. [ link ]
  • Inada, Lawson Fusao, ed. Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience. Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books, 2000; Northam, U.K.: Roundhouse, 2001. [ link ]
  • Irwin, Catherine. Twice Orphaned: Voices from the Children’s Village of Manzanar. Preface by Paul Spickard. Fullerton: California State University, Fullerton, Center for Oral & Public History, 2008. [ link ]
  • James, Thomas. Exile Within: The Schooling of Japanese Americans, 1942-1945. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1987. [ link ]
  • Kikuchi, Charles. The Kikuchi Diary: Chronicle from an American Concentration Camp. John Modell, ed. and introd. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1973. Illini Books ed., 1993. [ link ]
  • Tateishi, John, ed. And Justice for All: An Oral History of the Japanese American Detention Camps. 1984. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999. [ link ]

(See also Densho Encyclopedia articles Literary works on incarceration and Literature in Camp)

  • Ariyoshi, Koji. From Kona to Yen’an: The Political Memoirs of Koji Ariyoshi. Edited by Edward D. Beechert and Alice M. Beechert. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2000. [ link ]
  • Dempster, Brian Komei, ed. From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America’s Concentration Camps. San Francisco: Kearny Street Workshop, 2001. [ link ]
  • Higashide, Seiichi. Adios to Tears: The Memoirs of a Japanese-Peruvian Internee in U.S. Concentration Camps. Honolulu: E and E Kudo, 1993. Rpt. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2000. [ link ]
  • Hosokawa, Bill. Out of the Frying Pan. Niwot, CO: University Press of Colorado, 1998. [ link ]
  • Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki, and James D. Houston. Farewell to Manzanar. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1973. [ link ]
  • Inouye, Daniel K. Journey to Washington. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1967. [ link ]
  • Ishizuka, Karen. Lost and Found: Reclaiming the Japanese American Incarceration. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2006. [ link ]
  • Kashiwagi, Hiroshi. Swimming in the American: A Memoir and Selected Writings. San Mateo: Asian American Curriculum Project, 2005. [ link ]
  • Kochiyama, Yuri. Passing It On–A Memoir. Edited by Marjorie Lee, Akemi Kochiyama-Sardinha, and Audee Kochiyama-Holman. Los Angeles: UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 2004. [ link ]
  • Masaoka, Mike with Bill Hosokawa. They Call Me Moses Masaoka: An American Saga. New York: William Morrow, 1987. [ link ]
  • Okada, John. No-No Boy. Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle, 1957. Rpt. [ link ]
  • Okubo, Mine. Citizen 13660. New York: Columbia University Press, 1946. [ link ]
  • Otsuka, Julie. When the Emperor Was Divine. New York: Random House, 2003. [ link ]
  • Sone, Monica. Nisei Daughter. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1953. Rpt. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1979. [ link ]
  • Suyemoto, Toyo. I Call to Remembrance: Toyo Suyemoto’s Years of Internment. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2007. [ link ]
  • Tsukamoto, Mary, and Elizabeth Pinkerton. We the People : A Story of Internment in America. Elk Grove, CA: Laguna, 1987. [ link ]
  • Uchida, Yoshiko. Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1982. [ link ]
  • Uyeda, Clifford I. Suspended: Growing up Asian In America. San Francisco: National Japanese American Historical Society, 2000. [ link ]
  • Yamada, Mitsuye. Camp Notes and Other Poems. San Lorenzo, CA. Shameless Hussy Press, 1976. [ link ]
  • Yamamoto, Hisaye. Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories. Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, 1988. [ link ]
  • Yoneda, Karl. Ganbatte: Sixty-year Struggle of a Kibei Worker. Los Angeles: UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 1983. [ link ]

Art and Photography

  • Alinder, Jasmine. Moving Images: Photography and the Japanese American Incarceration. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009. [ link ]
  • Dusselier, Jane. Artifacts of Loss: Crafting Survival in Japanese American Concentration Camps. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008. [ link ]
  • Eaton, Allen. Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our War Relocation Camps. New York: Harper, 1952. [ link ]
  • Gesensway, Deborah and Mindy Roseman. Beyond Words: Images from America’s Concentration Camps. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1987. [ link ]
  • Gordon, Linda, and Gary Okihiro. Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment. New York: W.W. Norton, 2006. [ link ]
  • Hill, Kimi Kodani, Ed. Topaz Moon: Chiura Obata’s Art of the Internment. Berkeley: Heydey Books, 2000. [ link ]
  • Hirasuna, Delphine. The Art of Gaman. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2005. [ link ]
  • Kristine Kim, ed. Henry Sugimoto: Painting an American Experience. Berkeley: Heyday Books, 2000. [ link ]
  • The View from Within: Japanese American Art from the Internment Camps, 1942-1945. Los Angeles: Japanese American National Museum, UCLA Wight Art Gallery, and UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 1992. [ link ]


  • Christgau, John. KOKOMO JOE: The Story of the First Japanese American Jockey in the U.S. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009. [ link ]
  • Bahr, Diana Meyers. The Unquiet Nisei: An Oral History of the Life of Sue Kunitomi Embrey. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. [ link ]
  • Fujino, Diane C. Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2005. [ link ]
  • Halloran, Richard. Sparky: Warrior, Peacemaker, Poet, Patriot. Honolulu: Watermark Publishing, 2002. [ link ]
  • Haslam, Gerald, with Janice E. Haslam. In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa. Lincoln: Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2011. [ link ]
  • Hirahara, Naomi. An American Son: The Story of George Aratani, Founder of Mikasa and Kenwood. Los Angeles, CA: Japanese American National Museum, 2001. [ link ]
  • Hirasaki, Manabi, with Naomi Hirahara. A Taste for Strawberries: The Independent Journey of Nisei Farmer Manabi Hirasaki. Los Angeles: Japanese American National Museum, 2003. [ link ]
  • Ogawa, Dennis M. First Among Nisei: The Life and Writings of Masaji Marumoto. Honolulu: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, 2007. [ link ]

Studies of Individual Camps

  • Bailey, Paul. City in the Sun: The Japanese Concentration Camp at Poston, Arizona. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1971. [ link ]
  • Burton, Jeffrey F., and Mary M. Farrell. World War II Japanese American Internment Sites in Hawai’i. Tucson, AZ: Trans-Sierran Archaeological Research; Honolulu: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i Resource Center, 2007.
  • Fiset, Louis. Camp Harmony: Seattle’s Japanese Americans and the Puyallup Assembly Center.Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009. [ link ]
  • Harvey, Robert. Amache: The Story of Japanese Internment in Colorado during World War II. Dallas: Taylor Trade, 2004. [ link ]
  • Leighton, Alexander H. The Governing of Men: General Principles and Recommendations Based on Experience at a Japanese Relocation Camp. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1946. [ link ]
  • Mackey, Michael R. Heart Mountain: Life in Wyoming’s Concentration Camp. Powell, Wyo.: Western History Publications, 2000. [ link ]
  • Nelson, Douglas W. Heart Mountain: The History of an American Concentration Camp. Madison, WI: The State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1976. [ link ]
  • Takei, Barbara, and Judy Tachibana. Tule Lake Revisited: A Brief History and Guide to the Tule Lake Internment Camp Site, Second Edition. San Francisco: Tule Lake Committee, 2012. [ link ]
  • Taylor, Sandra C. Jewel of the Desert: Japanese American Internment at Topaz. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. [ link ]
  • Van Valkenburg, Carol Bulger. An Alien Place: The Fort Missoula, Montana, Detention Camp 1941-1944. Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, Inc., 1995. [ link]
  • Wegars, Priscilla. Imprisoned in Paradise: Japanese Internee Road Workers at the World War II Kooskia Internment Camp. Moscow, ID: Asian American Comparative Collection, 2010. [ link ]

Leaving Camp

  • Austin, Allan W. From Concentration Camps to Campus: Japanese American Students and World War II. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004. [ link ]
  • Hirabayashi, Lane Ryo, with Kenichiro Shimada. Japanese American Resettlement Through the Lens: Hikaru Carl Iwasaki and the WRA’s Photographic Section, 1943–1945. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2009. [ link ]
  • Okihiro, Gary Y. Storied Lives: Japanese American Students and World War II. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999. [ link ]
  • Thomas, Dorothy S. The Salvage. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1952. [ link ]

Military Service

  • Asahina, Robert. Just Americans: How Japanese Americans Won a War at Home and Abroad. New York: Gotham, 2006. [ link ]
  • Duus, Masayo. Unlikely Liberators: The Men of the 100th and 442nd. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1987. [ link ]
  • Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board. Japanese Eyes . . . American Heart: Personal Reflections of Hawaii’s World War II Nisei Soldiers. Honolulu: Tendai Educational Foundation, 1998. [ link ]
  • Kiyosaki, Wayne S. A Spy in Their Midst: the World War II Struggle of a Japanese-American Hero: the Story of Richard Sakakida. Lanham, MD: Madison Books, 1995. [ link ]
  • Masuda, Minoru. Letters from the 442nd: The World War II Correspondence of a Japanese American Medic. Edited by Hana Masuda and Dianne Bridgman. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008. [ link ]
  • McNaughton, James C. Nisei Linguists : Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II. Washington, D.C.: Department of the Army, 2006. [ link ]
  • Moore, Brenda L. Serving Our Country: Japanese American Women in the Military during World War II. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2003. [ link ]
  • Odo, Franklin S. No Sword to Bury: Japanese Americans in Hawaii during World War II. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003. [ link ]
  • Oppenheim, Joanne. Stanley Hayami, Nisei Son. New York: Brick Tower Press, 2008. [ link ]
  • Shibutani, Tamotsu. The Derelicts of Company K: A Sociological Study of Demoralization. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978. [ link ]
  • Yost, Israel A. S. Combat Chaplain: The Personal Story of the World War II Chaplain of the Japanese American 100th Battalion. Edited by Monica Elizabeth Yost and Michael Markrich. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2006. [ link ]


  • Castelnuovo, Shirley. Soldiers of Conscience: Japanese American Military Resisters in World War II. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2008. [ link ]
  • Collins, Donald E. Native American Aliens: Disloyalty and the Renunciation of Citizenship by Japanese Americans during World War II. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1985. [ link ]
  • Irons, Peter. Justice at War: The Story of the Japanese American Internment Cases. New York: Oxford University Press, 1983. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. [ link ]
  • Lyon, Cherstin. Prisons and Patriots: Japanese American Wartime Citizenship, Civil Disobedience, and Historical Memory. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011. [ link ]
  • Muller, Eric L. Free to Die for Their Country: The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001. [ link ]
  • Nishimoto, Richard. Inside An American Concentration Camp: Japanese American Resistance at Poston, Arizona. Ed. Lane Ryo Hirabayashi. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1995. [ link ]
  • Thomas, Dorothy S., and Richard Nishimoto. The Spoilage. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1946, 1969. [ link ]


  • Knaefler, Tomi Kaizawa. Our House Divided: Seven Japanese American Families in World War II. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1991. [ link ]
  • Nakano, Jiro, and Kay Nakano, eds. Poets Behind Barbed Wire: Keiho Soga, Taisanboku Mori, Sojin Takei, Muin Ozaki. Honolulu: Bamboo Ridge Press, 1983. [ link ]
  • Okihiro, Gary Y. Cane Fires: The Anti-Japanese Movement in Hawaii, 1865-1945. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1991. [ link ]
  • Saiki, Patsy Sumie. Ganbarre! An Example of Japanese Spirit. Honolulu: Kisaku, Inc., 1982. Honolulu: Mutual Publishing, 2004. [ link ]
  • Soga, Yasutaro (Keiho). Life Behind Barbed Wire: The World War II Internment Memoirs of a Hawai’i Issei. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2008. [ link ]

Postwar Resettlement Era

  • Brooks, Charlotte. Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. [ link ]
  • Dempster, Brian Komei. Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement. Berkeley, Calif. Heydey Books, 2010. [ link ]
  • Kurashige, Scott. The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010. [ link ]


  • Hatamiya, Leslie T. Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and the Passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1993. [ link ]
  • Hohri, William Minoru. Repairing America: An Account of the Movement for Japanese-American Redress. Pullman: Washington State University Press, 1988. [ link ]
  • Irons, Peter, ed. Justice Delayed: The Record of the Japanese American Internment Cases. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1989. [ link ]
  • Maki, Mitchell T., Harry H.L. Kitano, and S. Megan Berthold. Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress. Forewords Robert T. Matsui and Roger Daniels. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999. [ link ]
  • Murray, Alice Yang. Historical Memories of the Japanese American Internment and the Struggle for Redress. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008. [ link ]
  • Shimabukuro, Robert Sadamu. Born in Seattle: The Campaign for Japanese American Redress. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001. [ link ]
  • Takezawa, Yasuko. Breaking the Silence: Redress and Japanese American Ethnicity. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995. [ link ]
  • Yamamoto, Eric K., Margaret Chon, Carol L. Izumi, Jerry Kang, Frank H. Wu. Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment. Gaithersburg, NY: Aspen Law & Business, 2001. [ link ]

New Books (2012)

  • Austin, Allan W. Quaker Brotherhood: Interracial Activism and the American Friends Service Committee, 1917-1950. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2012. [ link ]
  • Briones, Matthew M. Jim and Jap Crow: A Cultural History of 1940s Interracial America. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2012. [ link ]
  • Honda, Gail, ed. Family Torn Apart: The Internment Story of the Otokichi Muin Ozaki Family. Honolulu: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i, 2012. [ link ]
  • Manbo, Bill T., and Eric Muller L. Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012. [ link ]
  • Rawitsch, Mark. The House on Lemon Street: Japanese Pioneers and the American Dream. Boulder: University Press of Chicago, 2012. [ link ]
  • Robinson, Greg. After Camp: Portraits in Midcentury Japanese American Life and Politics. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012. [ link ]
  • __________. Pacific Citizens: Larry and Guyo Tajiri and Japanese American Journalism in the World War II Era. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2012. [ link ]


Visit Densho’s YouTube channel for selected interview excerpts, documentary shorts, and civil liberties curriculum videos.

See National Asian American Telecommunications Association for a more complete listing of videos on the exclusion and incarceration of Japanese Americans.

  • Abe, Frank. Conscience and the Constitution: Japanese American Resistance in World War II. Hohokus, NJ: Transit Media, 2000. Examines Japanese American draft resistance during World War II. [ link ]
  • Ding, Loni. The Color of Honor. 1988. Examines Japanese American soldiers during World War II. [ link ]
  • Fournier, Eric Paul. Of Civil Rights and Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu Story. 1999. [ link ]
  • Hattendorf, Linda. The Cats of Mirikitani. 2006. [ link ]
  • Holsapple, Stephen, and Satsuki, Ina. From a Silk Cocoon. 2005. [ link ]
  • Ishizuka, Karen, et al. Moving Memories. 1993. [ link ]
  • Nakamura, Robert. Looking Like the Enemy. 1996. [ link ]
  • Nakamura, Robert. Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray. 2001. [ link ]
  • Nakamura, Robert. Something Strong Within. 1994. [ link ]
  • Okazaki, Steven. Unfinished Business: The Japanese American Internment Cases. San Francisco: Mouchette Films Production, 1984. Examines Japanese American legal challenges to incarceration. [ link ]
  • Okazaki, Steven. Days of Waiting. 1988. [ link ]
  • Omori, Emiko. Rabbit In the Moon. 1999. [ link ]
  • Ostrander, Lucy. The Red Pines. 2003. [ Watch on YouTube | link ]
  • Ostrander, Lucy. Island Roots. 2007. [ Watch on YouTube | link ]

Historical Resources

Links to Web Resources

Websites that provide information and lessons on using primary and secondary sources, and ways of evaluating such sources (including evaluating websites):

Using Historical Materials

Oral History Resources

  • MacKay, Nancy. Curating Oral Histories: From Interview to Archive. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press, 2007. [ link ]
  • Moyer, Judith. Step by Step Guide to Oral History, 1999. [ link ]
  • Oral History Workshop on the Web (Baylor University, Institute for Oral History)
  • Oral History Association (OHA) (Website includes information about oral history, links to many other sites, and resources)
  • Shopes, Linda. “Making Sense of Oral History.” Downloadable manual on interpreting oral history, available from George Mason University, History Matters: The U.S. Survey on the Web, Making Sense of Evidence series, February 2002. [ link ]
  • Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. “Smithsonian Folklore and Oral History Interviewing Guide.” [ link ]

Printed Materials

Available from the Oral History Association Website: OHA Publications

  • “Oral History Evaluation Guidelines”, 2nd edition, 1991. This publication has been adopted by the National Endowment for the Humanities as the standard for conducting oral history. It is available free on the Oral History Association website, or you may order a printed copy. [ link ]
  • “Oral History for the Family Historian: A Basic Guide.” Linda Barnickel 2006. Provides practical guidance to the novice who wishes to conduct a family oral history interview. It is designed to help the interviewer/researcher avoid common mistakes by effectively planning, conducting, and preserving a family oral history interview. It also contains an extensive list of sample questions, a legal release form, and other suggested resources. [ link ]
  • “Oral History and the Law” by John A. Neuenschwander 2002. 3rd edition. A completely new revision of an Oral History Association best-seller which provides an introduction to the many legal issues relating to oral history practice. This edition looks at the latest case law and how new technologies, such as videotaping, pose new problems. Appendices contain sample legal forms and copyright forms. Written for the layperson. [ link ]
  • “Oral History Projects in Your Classroom.” Linda P. Wood, with introduction by Marjorie L. McLellan, 2001. Bibliography. This guide, written for classroom teachers, includes sample forms, handouts, numerous examples, curriculum suggestions and discussion questions, taken directly from real-life classroom oral history projects around the country. [ link ]
  • “Using Oral History in Community History Projects.” Laurie Mercier & Madeline Buckendorf 1992. Offers concrete suggestions for planning, organizing, and undertaking oral history in community settings. Provides a step-by-step guide to project planning and establishing project objectives, with suggestions about identifying resources and securing funding. The authors address common problems encountered in executing such projects, and present a series of case studies of successful community oral history projects. Bibliography. [ link ]

Related Topics

Links to Web Resources

September 11th Connections

  • Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) (“Beyond Blame: Reacting to the Terrorist Attack,” a curriculum for middle and high school students. Developed by the EDC in partnership with The Justice Project and Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. 2001. Free publication available on the EDC website.)
  • “Us and Them” Facing History and Ourselves (a reading and lesson designed to deepen thinking and stimulate discussion about the horrific events of September 11, 2001, reveals how difference can become suspect.)

Printed Materials

Aleut Exclusion During World War II

  • Kohlhoff, Dean. When the Wind Was a River: Aleut Evacuation in World War II. Seattle: University of Washington Press, in association with Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Association, 1995.

Asian Pacific American History and Issues

  • Asian Women United of California. Making Waves: An Anthology of Writings by and About Asian American Women. Boston: Beacon Press, 1989.
  • Chan, Sucheng. Asian Americans: An Interpretive History. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1991.
  • Friday, Christopher C. Organizing Asian American Labor: The Pacific Coast Canned-Salmon Industry, 1870-1942. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1994.
  • Takaki, Ronald. Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1989.


  • Bell, Derrick. Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism. New York: BasicBooks, 1992.
  • Landsman, Julie. A White Teacher Talks About Race. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2001.
  • Tatum, Beverly Daniels. “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” And Other Conversations About Race. New York: BasicBooks, 1999.
  • Wu, Frank. Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White. New York: BasicBooks, 2002.

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