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.

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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.

Grace F. Oshita Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1013-4-12)
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Education in camp, working as an assistant to the elementary school principal
Norman I. Hirose Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1013-7-19)
vh Norman I. Hirose Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1013-7-19)
Establishment of schools in camp: "the first week of school was confusion"
Helen Harano Christ Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1013-6-13)
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Attending elementary school in camp: remembering teachers who had a difficult time
Mas Okui Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1003-13-16)
vh Mas Okui Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1003-13-16)
Attending school 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.

Kats Kunitsugu - Paul Tsuneishi Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-122-17-1)
vh Kats Kunitsugu - Paul Tsuneishi Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-122-17-1)
Reading of an essay written by a student in an concentration camp school

This interview was conducted by filmmaker Frank Abe for his 2000 documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, about the World War II resisters of conscience at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life …

Sam H. Ono Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1003-2-16)
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Graduating from high school 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.

Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 14 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-14)
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Recreational activities in concentration camp: attending school

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

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