Websites relating to
When the Emperor was Divine
Abundant Dreams Diverted
This link from the Seattle Times is historic in its perspective. It contains a brief background of the Japanese
community here in the NW which ultimately led up to the reactions of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Also contains
4 historic photographs.
Articles link racial discrimination generated from 9/11 with America’s reaction to Pearl Harbor
Children of the Camps: Companion site to the PBS documentary
Links to related historical documents, a timeline, list of internment camps and the impact on Japanese Americans
The Densho Project
Densho’s mission is “to preserve the personal testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during
World War II.” The Densho Project is based in Seattle.
From Coast to Camp to the Inland Empire
This site from Whitworth University in Spokane provides information on Japanese Americans who relocated to Eastern
Washington during World War II to avoid being interned.
16 links to excellent historic sites
Internment of San Francisco Japanese
This site from the Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco provides an archive of San Francisco
News articles detailing the evacuation and internment of Japanese Americans living in San Francisco.
The site also provides links to additional online resources.
Japanese American Exhibit and Access Project
This excellent site from the University of Washington contains information, photographs, and primary documents dealing
with Camp Harmony (the Puyallup assembly center) as well as other archival material relevant to the Japanese American
JARDA: Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives
Part of the Online Archive of California, this website contains letters, paintings, original documents and personal
histories gathered from archives across California. The site contains 10,000 digital images and 20,000 pages of
Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive
"This collection of 222 photographs from the Hearst Collection of the Los Angeles Examiner in the USC Regional History
Collection, documents the relocation of Japanese Americans in California during World War II. It provides a glimpse into
the lives of Japanese immigrants and native born Japanese Americans (a.k.a. Nisei) residing in California from 1921 to
1958, with primary emphasis on 1941-1946
Japanese Relocation Photographs
The photographs were taken at Tule Lake, California from 1942 to 1943 and are representative of the typical conditions
of the camps and life-styles during the war time internment. This collection is from the University of Utah J. Willard
A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U. S. Constitution
Based on a 1987 exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, this site contains sections of text,
music, personal accounts, and images that witness the unconstitutional internment of the West Coast Japanese Americans.
National Park Service Links to the Past
The National Park Service links to the online book Confinement and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese
American Relocation Sites. Excellent informational links on each of the camps.
PBS’s Conscience and the Constitution
Companion site to the PBS video Conscience and the Constitution, which discusses a group of young Japanese Americans who
"were ready to fight for their country, but not before the government restored their rights as U.S. citizens and
released their families from camp."
Relocation of Japanese Americans Pamphlet dated May 1943 (a WRA publication)
San Francisco State University Lesson Plans for curriculum planning
A linked list of various pertinent historic government documents.
Snow Falling on Cedars
This page, from Seattle University, contains information related to the book Snow Falling on Cedars, which also talks
about the internment of Japanese Americans and the long term consequences of internment.
This site from the Utah Education Network provides many links on Japanese American internment and also provides resources
specifically for teachers.
University of Redlands East and Southeast Asia Annotated Directory on Japanese [American] Internment
Book Reviews of When the Emperor was Divine
This site, from Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon, provides a guide for reading groups who are reading When the
Emperor was Divine
This site, also from Powell's Books, is a question and answer session with author Julie Otsuka.
Random House Publishing
This link provides an overview of the book
Random House Publishing
This link is an interview with author Julie Otsuka
Random House Publishing
This link provides information for teachers who are using When the Emperor was Divine in their classes
This listing of web links was originally created by reference librarians Wilma Dougherty and Martha Keenan.
Updated June 17, 2010