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When the Emperor Was Divine

When the Emperor Was Divine

by Julie Otsuka

Mostly though, they waited. For the mail. For the news. For the bells. For breakfast and lunch and dinner. For one day to be over and the next day to begin.

Books and Articles

Gruenewald, Mary Matsuda. Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese American Internment Camps. Troutdale, OR: NewSage Press, 2005.

Ishizuka, Karen L. Lost and Found: Reclaiming the Japanese American Incarceration. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006.

Takemoto, Paul Howard. Nisei Memories: My Parents Talk About the War Years. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006.


Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese American Internment at Manzanar
This site features the phogoraphs of Ansel Adams, who documented the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California and the Japanese Americans interned there during World War II.

Cornell University Library Guide
This website provides resource materials to support those reading When the Emperor Was Divine.

Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project
Densho's mission is to preserve the firsthand testimonies of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. This website provides oral history interviews, photos, newspaper articles and teaching resources.

Japanese Relocation and Internment During World War II, National Archives
This website offers extensive National Archives and Records Administration resources, including essays, articles, photographs, and lesson plans.

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