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“Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka: Understanding Early 20th Century Japanese Migration and Racism Abroad

This online bookclub explored the primary sources and stories of the women in Buddha in the Attic and comparisons with the case of Japanese immigration to Brazil was also discussed.  Participants grappled together with the complex issues of economic migration, racism, cultural transformation, labor, and war.

This program was open and free to all in-service and current K – 12 teachers of all subjects.

Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Program Leaders

Brian Dowdle, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Montana, and Lauren Collins, Program Director of Asian Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.


Teachers received a physical or digital copy of the book, free clock hours and online resources.

This program was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington, and funded by a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).