California History Center/Day of Remembrance/CIS2 community service learning project guidelines

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For the Day of Remembrance project, students are creating a reference source of links to various sites featuring information, documents, photos, and video clips on the World War II internment of Japanese Americans and its relevance to current issues regarding the safe guarding of the US Constitution.

  1. Review the resources listed below and linked from an earlier project page to see the information that has been listed already.
  2. Search the web for articles that address the issues of the Day of Remembrance. Add links and a brief description of the article to the list below. Click on the [edit] link and write directly onto this wiki page. This is a public page, so everyone else working on this project will always see the "current" view of the work. The California History Center coordinators will also be able to review your work and provide suggestions.
  3. Look through photo resources for images that are related to the Day of Remembrance and Japanese American incarceration. Add these to the links, as well.


Each year the California History Center hosts a "Day of Remembrance" on or near the date February 19th, the date the Executive Order was signed that led to the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans. This page provides background on the internment and an updated list of sites organized in various categories - sites that have background history about the internment, sites that feature photos about the internment, sites that have films available about the internment, and sites that list information about local and national organizations that either have information about the internment or that deal with related Constitutional issues.

This resource page will be expanded as student research the subject area. Tom Izu would be very happy to work with any students on this. You will learn about mass incarceration of Japanese Americans as you research the issues and add new resources to the lists.

Here is what the CHC is looking for: Key Words and Categories:

  • Japanese American History
  • Japanese American Internment - World War II
  • The US Constitution and the Japanese American internment
  • Civil liberties and the Japanese American internment
  • Muslim/Arab American treatment and the Japanese American internment (see #1 below)
  • Scapegoating
  • Japanese Latin Americans (see #3 below)

If you are interested in exploring some other area of this issue, include more comparative issues:

  1. Comparing the treatment of Muslim/Arab Americans in the wake of 9/11 with the treatment of Japanese Americans in relation to scapegoating, racial profiling, questioning loyalty of an entire group based on ancestry, race, etc. I think there are some local organizations. Can start by looking at:
    National Legal Sanctuary for Community Advancement (NLSCA) & Banafsheh Aklhagi (she spoke at several of our Day of Remembrances)
  2. Other comparisons: one Day of Remembrance event we covered the so called "repatriation" of Mexican Americans back to Mexico in the 1930s. They estimate that close to a million Mexican Americans were deported to Mexico during the depression from all over CA and the Southwest - a significant number were legal residence or citizens. Can start by looking at:
    Francisco E. Balderrama (professor at CSULA - spoke at one of our Day of Remembrances)
  3. Japanese Latin Americans - little known aspect of the internment involved the forced removal of Japanese immigrants that lived in countries such as Peru as part of a deal the US Government make with South American countries to deport their Japanese immigrants to the US so that the US could use them in a possible "prisoner of war exchange" program with Japan (even though these were not combatants). Start with:


  • Confirm that these links and sites are still up and operating.
  • Add some of the additional sites listed above (after checking them out and getting more information about them.
  • Find more sites related to some of the issues mentioned above.