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AFAM 401: Narratives of Race


This page supports a learning activity about the Japanese American experience at Puget Sound. It is a small sampling of materials used in class.

Japanese Students Club, 1941 Tamanawas


For more books on the subject, search Primo using the phrase Japanese   Americans     Evacuation   and   relocation ,  1942 1945.

Archives Exercise Directions

As you review the documents within your group, you will create a narrative. To help guide your thinking, consider these questions.

For written text:

  • What does the source tell you?
  • What is its purpose? Why do you think the document was written? Who is the audience?
  • What can the author's choice of words tell you? What about the silences--what does the author choose NOT to talk about?
  • What surprised you? What did you see that you didn't expect?
  • What questions remain unanswered by this source?


For images:

  • What do you notice first?
  • What details emerge as you study the image?
  • Why was the image taken?
  • Who do you think made this image? Who is the audience?
  • What questions does this image raise?


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Tacoma Japantown Walking Tour

Take a walking tour of the historic Nihonmachi (Japantown) of Tacoma, WA. Included in the application is a map showing points of interest, historic and modern photos of each location, as well as links to essays and notes about this historic area that have been compiled by historian Michael Sullivan and writer Tamiko Nimura.

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