Education

Schools were quickly organized in the concentration camps, but they suffered from crude facilities and lack of teaching materials. Instruction was given for nursery through high school, and adult education was offered. Trained teachers were in short supply, however, and uncertified Japanese Americans with college degrees often filled in. The War Relocation Authority (WRA) deliberately emphasized Americanization in the education program. Some found it painfully ironic to watch incarcerated youth recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Education (782)

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Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1011-7-7)
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School activities in camp

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Akiko Kurose Interview I Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-41-19)
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Graduating from high school in Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho
Robert Coombs Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-146-22)
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Encouraging Japanese American students to believe in a positive future
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-152-23)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-152-23)
Attending grammar school in Minidoka; memories of a teacher who nearly used the term "Jap"
Bo T. Sakaguchi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-manz-1-8-7)
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Attending school in camp, positive memories of a teacher
Rose Tanaka Interview Segment 17 (ddr-manz-1-145-17)
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"Deplorable" conditions when schools first opened in camp
Henry Miyatake Interview II Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-54-9)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview II Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-54-9)
Trying to start a collection for Gordon Hirabayashi, encountering resistance
An Oral History with Seiko Ishida (ddr-csujad-29-11)
av An Oral History with Seiko Ishida (ddr-csujad-29-11)
Retired Kibei teacher recounts samurai parents' background and their immigration to Seattle, Washington; socioeconomic composition of Seattle's Japanese community; earlier teacher training; prewar stays in Japan as a child and as a tutor in a missionary family; experiences as a teacher in the wartime resettlement in New York; and postwar return to Los Angeles. This oral ...
Min Tonai Interview I Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-354-28)
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Being called upon to teach a high school class in camp

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Betty Tanakatsubo Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-343-10)
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Graduating from high school in camp

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Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-43)
doc Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-43)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including family interactions, memories, homesickness, friendships, social interactions, school, self-reflection, juvenile delinquency, peer behaviors, death, religion, opinions, and worldviews. Each entry includes the full date and student name. The entries were part of a class assignment and collected for ...
School children as flowers (ddr-csujad-26-133)
img School children as flowers (ddr-csujad-26-133)
Large group of young children dressed in costume with flower petal headdresses in what appears to be a classroom. The children appear to be in a performance. From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_05_103
Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-92-21)
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Going from student to teacher at school

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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