Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Episode 2: A Question of Loyalty

An American-born generation straddles their country of birth and their familial homelands in Asia. Family loyalties are tested during World War II when Japanese Americans are imprisoned in incarceration camps and brothers find themselves on opposite sides of the battle lines. For Koreans and other Asian Americans, joining the U.S. war effort also meant the fight for independence in Asia.

Lesson Plan
Grades 7-12
Subject: English Language Arts, History
The lesson covers the forced removal process, conditions and lives in the camps, and the eventual release of prisoners.

Grades 9-12
Subject: English Language Arts, History
Through the lens of the individuals who lived through this part of history, this lesson focuses on the different ways diverse Asian American groups experienced World War II.

Grades 9-12
Subject: English Language Arts, History
Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor 120,000 Japanese Americans and 881 Aleuts were incarcerated in camps for over three years during WWII. Nonetheless Japanese Americans and Native Americans had shown their loyalty to the United States in various ways.

Grades 7-12
Subject: English Language Arts, History
This lesson explores the topics of Japanese American internment and redress, and its relation to the definition of an “American”, rights, and the Census. Definitions of race, nationality, ethnicity, and rights are explained to define “American”.


Grades 7-12
Subject: English Language Arts, History
In this lesson, students will investigate how citizenship and voting rights have evolved throughout history and reflect critically on how the rights and privileges conferred by citizenship impact political power on both an individual and community level.

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