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

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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.

Examining Racism and Discrimination

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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

Sites of Shame is an interactive map that gives users an unprecedented view of the landscapes and dislocations of WWII incarceration. View the nearly 100 sites where Japanese Americans were detained and population flows into and out of those sites.

“Other”: A Brief History of American Xenophobia

A short film and learning activities to help students engage with the history of xenophobia and racism in our country.


The Aki Kurose Story

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Short film and curriculum teaching Japanese American incarceration history through one woman’s story. Produced by TedEd with Densho.

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