These materials reflect JACL’s mission to preserve the culture and values of Japanese Americans in a multi-cultural society and participate in the development of understanding between all social and ethnic groups.
Many of these materials are published and distributed by the JACL and are intended to assist educators in teaching units on the history of Japanese Americans and Asian Americans.
These materials can be ordered by completing an order form and sending it with a check payable to the JACL at:
Books and Materials
1765 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Shipping charges are not included in the price, and will be invoiced via e-mail separately.
Educational Materials By JACL
Item 1a: A Lesson in American History: The Japanese American Experience, 5th Edition
Cost: $ 25. $10 for JACL chapters and educators.
This curriculum and resource guide is a comprehensive tool to help educators develop a unit on the WW II Japanese American internment experience for elementary through high school classes. Contents include historical overview, lesson plans, resource materials.
Purchase includes bonuses: Items 1a
Civil Liberties in Times of Crisis: The Japanese American Experience.
Cost: Packaged with item 1, cannot be sold separately
This supplementary curriculum and resource DVD for middle and high school classes is packaged with item 1: A Lesson in American History: The Japanese American Experience.
The Journey from Gold Mountain: The Asian American Experience .
Pages: 86, Paperback
Cost: Free (plus postage)
This guide provides a comprehensive treatment of Asian-American history to enrich understanding about this fast-growing population. It includes lesson plans, a chronology of important events in the Asian-American experience, and a list of resource books.
Words Can Kill the Spirit
This one-page brochure combats the use of racial slurs directed against Asian Americans. It is intended to inform the public that the use of slurs and other forms of defamation must not be tolerated.
Anti-Asian Sentiment on Campus
This one-page brochure highlights the increase in anti-Asian sentiment on ourcollege and university campuses. It providesexamples of actual incidents and steps to take if similar incidents occur.
When Hate Hits You.
Provides a historical look at anti-Asian sentiment in our country, along with recent examples of anti-Asian violence, and a section on how you and your community can respond to hate incidents.
A Troubling Legacy.
Provides a brief overview of the Asian-American experience to illuminate greater understanding of this group of Americans whose history in this country is often overlooked.
Filling the Pipeline: Asian American Leadership and Empowerment.
A guidebook on Asian American youth empowerment. Provides training and opportunities to young generations of Asian Americans.
Item 9: An Unnoticed Struggle: A Concise History of Asian American
Civil Rights Issues
A comprehensive booklet highlighting milestones in Asian American cilvil rights history, covering a number of iconic figures and struggles, such as anti-Asian legislation that affected groups of people, and personal struggles endured by individuals that opened doors for Asian Americans.
Item 10: Myths and Mirrors: Real Challenges Facing Asian American Students
This booklet explores the challenges and pressures faced by Asian American students in forming their own identity, ranging from the “Model Minority” stereotype to institutional racism, from perfectionism to a lack of support from school administrators. It offers action items and resources for dealing with these challenges as a guide to self-empowerment.
Item 11: What it Means to be an American: Lesson Plans on Race and the Media in Times of Crisis
The purpose of this booklet is to provide teachers with a framework to convey to their students an understanding of how prejudice, wartime hysteria and the actions of political leaders affected the lives of Arab Americans and Muslim Americans after September 11, 2001. This understanding is illuminated by historic comparisons to the tragic experience of Japanaese Americans following the attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
The following books are important resources which assist JACL’s mission to educate the community.
Personal Justice Denied: Report of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians.
Pages: 13, Paperback
Cost: $57.23. You pay only: $15.00
This booklet contains the recommendations and remedies of the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians after reviewing facts and circumstances surrounding Executive Order 9066 which required the relocation of Japanese Americans, and,
subsequent directives of US military forces.
America’s Concentration Camps. © 1967
By Allan R. Bosworth
Pages: 283, Hardback
Cost: $21 .00. You pay only: $10.50
This is the story of prejudice, greed, and wartime hysteria that contributed to the incarceration of 110,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps during WWII. This episode in American history has been called our “worst wartime mistake.” While their families were imprisoned, the Japanese American soldiers serving in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team garnered one of the most impressive combat records in U.S. Army history.
The Bamboo People: The Law and Japanese Americans . © 1981
By Frank F. Chuman
Paperback- Cost: $19.95. You pay only $9.75
Hardback- Cost: $25.95. You pay only $12.50
This book offers a legal perspective on the people of Japanese ancestry in America.
“The Japanese Americans were industrious and hated for it. They sought to become good citizens, but those not born in this country were denied naturalization. They were ruthlessly baited by more and more restrictive legislation until they were all but driven out of the country. Most of them were American-born citizens but that compelling fact was ignored. “They bent like bamboo but did not break. Today, they have attained the stature of America’s most respected minority.”
East Across the Pacific, © 1972
By Hilary Conroy and T. Scott Miyakawa
322 pages, Paperback
Cost: $10.00. You pay only $7.50
This book provides retrospective insights into the experiences of Japanese and other Asian immigrants and their subsequent generations in the United States
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Item 14: Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and the Passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. © 1993
By Leslie T. Hatamiya
Paperback: Cost $22.95. You pay only $11.50
Hardback: Cost $29.95. You pay only $15.00
Hatamiya wrote: “The history of the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 is an integral part of my past, present, and future, as well as my country’s. The internment serves as a reminder of the fallibility of government, and the bill’s passage renewed my faith in the American political system… [T]he politics required to secure passage of a piece of legislation, and the will of the American people to right a historical wrong—are so valuable for all of us, not just Japanese Americans, as we continue the quest for a more just and equitable America.”
Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family.
By Lauren Kessler
Pages: 368, Hardback
Cost: $19.00. You pay only $9.50
This is a story of immigrants making their way in a new land. It is a living work of social history that rings with the power of truth and the drama of fiction, a moving saga about the promise and perils of America, and the meaning of becoming an American.
The Japanese American Community: A Three-Generation Study. © 1981
By Gene N. Levine and Colbert Rhodes
Pages: 248, Hardback
Cost: $30.00. You pay only $10.00
This book looks at the Japanese American community through the eyes of three generations. It examines societal changes through family dynamics. Thousands of questionnaires and interviews were conducted.
Puppe's story: A five-year-old child's remembrance of his father's remarkable rescue of 6,000 Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. © 1986
Told by Hiroki Sugihara, written by Anne Akabori
Pages: 25, Hardback
Cost: $15.95 . You pay only $10.00
Puppe is Hiroki Sugihara, oldest son of Consul Sugihara. This is his personal perspective of a remarkable story cast in 1940 in Kaunas, Lithuania. It gives readers a personal glimpse of Chiune Sugihara - diplomat, visionary, and great humanitarian - as a caring and loving parent.
Japanese American. © 1981
By Robert A. Wilson and Bill Hosokawa
Pages: 381, Hardback
Cost: $20.00. You pay only $10.00
Note: This book is in Japanese.
This book provides a history of Japanese in the United States and offers insights into major developments in Japanese American history. It is the Japanese version of the 1980 East to America: A History of the Japanese in the United States.
Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America's Concentration Camps. © 1996
By Michi Weglyn and James A. Michener
Pages: 352, Paperback
Cost: $18.95. You pay only $9.50
A tragic story of "the single worst wholesale violation of civil rights of Americans in our history" — the WWII internment of over 110,000 West Coast Japanese Americans.
The following two videos relate stories of people did the unimaginable and defied the odds.
Justice Betrayed: The Untold Story of Internment of Japanese from Hawaii.
Cost: $25.00. You pay only $15.00
Approximately 2,000 Japanese Americans from Hawaii were either detained in centers or interned in Mainland concentration camps. “Justice Betrayed” tells a story of courageous individuals who, in one form or another, endured the injustices of WW II.
Justice Triumphant: The Commissioning Ceremony for Bruce I. Yamashita.
Cost: $25.00 . You pay only $15.00
Lieutenant Bruce I. Yamashita’s long battle against racial discrimination in the United States Marine Corps turned into “Justice Triumphant.” Captain Yamashita spoke about his case, his thoughts of his commissioning, and the meaning of his five-year fight against racial and ethnic discrimination in the Corps.
Promoting Your JACL Chapter- Getting the word out
Members are the heart of our organization. They need to feel appreciated. The following materials will help you keep your members informed about what you’ve done, what you’re doing, and what you plan to do next.
Actual size: 9” x 15” (with trim) or 8 ½” x 14” (pre-cut). Cost: $5.00 for 100
Note: Pre-cut version is shown. Reverse side is blank.
You can print program covers, pamphlets, chapter information, membership applications, etc. on the reverse side of this brochure.