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Wisconsin school district rejects award-winning novel about Japanese internment for being ‘diverse’

  • The Muskego-Norway School Board rejected the use of “When the Emperor Was Divine,” a book recommended by the district’s curriculum committee for a 10th-grade accelerated English class.
  • The district’s curriculum committee had previously endorsed the 2002 novel by author Julie Otsuka about the incarceration of a Japanese American family during World War II.
  • Parents who attended the meeting stated that board member Laurie Kontney said the book was selected for being a “diverse” book.
  • Other board members told a parent that the book would create a problem with “balance,” partly because a 10-page excerpt from a nonfiction book about the concentration camps is already included in the class curriculum.
  • In a letter to the Muskego-Norway School Board, Japanese American Citizens League Executive Director David Inoue, wrote: “The call for a ‘balanced’ viewpoint in the context of the incarceration of Japanese Americans is deeply problematic, and racist, and plays into the same fallacies the United States Army used to justify the incarceration.”

Board members of a school district in southeastern Wisconsin rejected the use of “When the Emperor Was Divine,” a novel about Japanese American incarceration during World War II, for a high school class. 

The Muskego-Norway school district’s curriculum committee had previously endorsed the 2002 novel by author Julie Otsuka for use in a 10th-grade accelerated English class. 

40 Japanese Americans interned while students during WWII receive high school diplomas 80 years later

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  • Forty Japanese American students who were denied their chance to graduate during World War II finally received their diplomas from Mt. Diablo High School in Concord, California.
  • In 1942, Japanese American students in California were forced to drop out of school as they joined their families inside the Japanese concentration camps.
  • Students in the history and ethnic studies class in Mt. Diablo High School lobbied the district to award the belated diplomas to the interned students.
  • On May 24, the interned students joined Mt. Diablo High School's Class of 2022 as honorary members and were ceremoniously granted their diplomas.

After 80 long years, 40 Japanese Americans who were denied their chance to graduate high school during World War II finally got their diplomas.

In 1942, Japanese American students in California were forced to drop out of school as they joined their families inside the concentration camps set up for all people of Japanese descent.

Bellevue College VP Put on Leave After ‘Removing History’ on Mural for Japanese American Concentration Camps

Bellevue College, a public college in Washington state, has apologized for editing an art installation that commemorated the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

The display, titled “Never Again is Now,” features an 11-foot mural of two Japanese American children from a concentration camp in California, placed alongside a placard description.

Iconic Activist Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga Who Called Out the U.S. Government’s Racism in WWII Dies at 93

Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, the Japanese-American political activist who persuaded Congress to approve reparations for her fellow inmates of World War II internment camps, has died at age 93.

According to Manzanar Committee co-chair Bruce Embrey, Herzig-Yoshinaga died on July 18 at her home in Torrance, California, the Associated Press reported.

Supreme Court Reverses Infamous Korematsu Decision that Allowed Japanese-American Internment

The United States Supreme Court has finally overturned the infamous Korematsu decision on Japanese-American internment during a hearing that also upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban, 

In a 6–3 decision in 1944, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the government on the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066, which ordered Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II regardless of citizenship.