Please feel free to respond to any of these questions or make your own observations in the comments section so we can start a dialogue about some of these accounts.
PERSONAL ACCOUNT #1:
1. Who is the author of this account? How old do you think he was when he was interred?
2. What are some of the hardships and/or privileges you noticed in his account?
3. What is the tone of the author's voice? Can you tell how he feels about his experience?
4. How does the author's story make you feel?
5. What lessons would the author like you to take away from his story? Do you agree with these lessons? Why or why not?
6. Do you think the life the author describes in the internment camp was reasonable given the circumstances during the time? Why or why not?
7. Why do you think this author felt compelled to tell his story?
PERSONAL ACCOUNT #2:
1. When was this letter written? What was going on in America during this time?
2. Who is the author of the letter? Where is she writing from?
3. What is the purpose of the letter?
4. How does Louise Ogawa describe her life? What hardships and privileges does she talk about?
5. What is the author's tone of voice? How do you think she's feeling about her situation based on the words and tone she uses in her letter? Why do you think this?
6. Imagine you are Louise Ogawa. How would you feel about your life as described in her letter. Why?
PERSONAL ACCOUNT #3:
1. When was this letter written?
2. Who is the author of this letter? Where is she writing from?
3. What is Louise Ogawa's tone in this letter? Can you tell how she's feeling? How would you describe her personality?
4. According to Louise Ogawa, what are some of the differences between life in the internment camp and life outside the camp for Japansese-Americans? Do you think one is better than the other? Why?
5. What does Louise Ogawa think will happen once the war is over? Do you agree with her? Why or why not?
6. Do you think America today is the America that Louise Ogawa would have envisioned? Why or why not?
PERSONAL ACCOUNT #4:
1. Who is being interviewed in this story? Who is conducting the interview?
2. Why do you think the interviewers wanted to conduct this interview?
3. What sticks out most to you in Ms. Tsukamoto's story? Why?
4. What is the tone of Ms. Tsukamoto's voice? Why do you think she feels the way she does?
5. What reasons does Ms. Tsukamoto give for why she believes the internment happened? Do you agree with her? Why or why not?
6. What do you think America can do to avoid another situation like the Japanese Internment?
PERSONAL ACCOUNT #5:
1. Who wrote this article? When was the article written?
2. How and why do you think Japanese Americans today remember so many details of the internment camps that they experienced or heard about through family members?
3. What were some of the hardships in internment camps according to this article?
4. What was the impact of the internment on Japanese-American culture today?
5. How did the Japanese-Americans attempt to protect their culture?
6. Can you think of any other past or current events in American history where one culture was suppressed by another? In what ways has this happened?
PERSONAL ACCOUNT #6:
1. Who's being interviewed in this interview?
2. What is his interview about?
3. According to the interview, how much choice did Japanese-Americans have over what they ate? Why do you think this was the case?
4. Why do you think he remembers the food he had so vividly? Why do you think the food would have been a big deal to Japanese-Americans in the internment camps?
5. Imagine you were Japanese-American in an internment camp. What aspects of your life do you think you'd miss most? Least?
6. How do you think the U.S. government decided what to provide and what not to provide the people in internment camps? Why do you think they made those choices?