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America’s Concentration Camps: Mass Incarceration Fact Sheet
Fact sheet on the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans developed for the exhibit America’s Concentration Camps: Remembering the Japanese American Experience.
Collections Online
View online selected collections of digitized photographs, fine art, and documents from the National Museum’s permanent collection.
Discover Nikkei Website
This award-winning multilingual site presents a wealth of information on the world of Nikkei—Japanese emigrants and their descendants. Discover Nikkei is a community website about Nikkei identity, history, and experiences. It provides an inviting space for a global community to share, explore, and connect with each other through diverse Nikkei experiences, culture, and history. Site resources include articles, video archives, How-To tutorials, lesson plans, Japanese American Military Experience Database, and a taiko groups database. Community members can log in to share Nikkei-related events, photos, and other resources to share their own stories.
Enemy Mail
This online resource to teach about the Japanese American experience during World War II utilizes artifacts donated to JANM by the Gihachi Yamashita family. It includes an Issei’s reflections while separated from his family, and correspondence between him and his wife and daughters as they reached out to each other through months and years of fear and anxiety.
Exploring America’s Concentration Camps
This thematic and inquiry-based JANM microsite, aimed at secondary students and teachers, integrates photographs, letters, artwork, oral histories, and moving images from our permanent collection to share stories from all ten of the War Relocation Authority camps.
Finding Aids—Online Archive of California (OAC)
The OAC provides public access to primary resource collections of over 200 contributing institutions. Please check out our finding aids by clicking on the link above.
Hirasaki National Resource Center’s Favorite Websites
Here is our list of websites that we visit the most when we are researching your requests!
Internet Resources (PDF) >>
Japanese American Incarceration Facts
Fact sheet on the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Japanese American Incarceration: A Chronology
Chronology of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Japanese Americans In America’s Wars: A Chronology
Chronology of military service by Japanese Americans during World War I, World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Wars.
Japanese Americans Military Experience Database
Developed and maintained by the Hirasaki National Resource Center to preserve and share the stories of Japanese American men and women who have served in the United States military. The Database includes basic listings with some records enriched with personal recollections, first-person narratives, and photos of veterans gathered through the National Museum’s ongoing survey project. If you are a Japanese American veteran who is not yet listed in the database or if you know someone who you feel should be included, we encourage you to download and submit a questionnaire. (Questionnaires may be completed by family members if the veteran is no longer living.)
Life History Transcripts Online
Life Interrupted: The Japanese American Experience in WWII Arkansas—Educational Materials
“Life Interrupted” was a partnership between the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Public History Program and the Japanese American National Museum with major funding provided by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. The Project’s mission was to research the experiences of Japanese Americans in World War II Arkansas, and educate the citizens of Arkansas and the nation about the two camps at Jerome and Rohwer.
Pre-World War II Period—Selected Publications Annotated Bibliography
This selected bibliography with annotations contains the rich body of pre-World War II publications housed at the Japanese American National Museum. The scope of the bibliography includes publications directly related to Japanese American history and culture produced by Japanese Americans for use by Japanese Americans.
Pre-World War II Selected Publications Annotated Bibliography (PDF) >>
100 Titles: A Basic Library on Japanese Americans
Core bibliography of literature that identifies the best work on Japanese Americans, whether academic or popular, historical or social scientific, fiction or non-fiction, obscure or well known.

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