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About this Guide
In Winter 2020, Highline College will partner with Seattle Pacific University (SPU), the King County Library System (KCLS) and other institutions to host the NEA Big Read King County (click link to view full schedule) series of events on campus. SPU and Highline College received a $15,000 NEA grant to bring the Big Read author, Julie Otsuka, to speak at both campuses. This guide provides resources about Japanese Americans during WWII. For more information please visit the Library Research Guide dedicated to Big Read 2020 by clicking the link below.
JACL: The Power of Words
The Power of Words is an educational campaign to understand language euphemisms used to describe the Japanese American World War II experience and the preferred terminology that more accurately describes the dire realities of the experience.
The Heart Mountain Projects
Composed by Big Read 2020 panelist Sarah Mattox, the wartime journals of Kara Matsushita Kondo inspired the Heart Mountain Opera and Suite. Kondo and her family were incarcerated as Japanese-Americans at Wyoming's Heart Mountain internment camp.