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Study Session: Japanese American WWII Incarceration

We are pleased to announce Study Sessions, a new NCTA series led by Mary RobertsThese three-hour sessions take various forms to provide supportive, non-lecture collaborative group learning formats to study Asian and Asian American topics. Each study session gives educators multiple ways to evaluate teaching resources to extend their learning.

On March 3, 2020, experts and educators joined in an after-school conversation about the Japanese American incarceration during WWII. This study session featured two books: No, No Boy, a novel by John Okada, and They Called Us Enemy, a graphic memoir by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott, with illustrations by Harmony Becker. Educators examined both books using the Library of Congress Guide for Analyzing Books and Other Printed Texts, along with other protocols for evaluating teaching materials.

Stan Shikuma (Japanese American Citizens League), sensei activist, organizer, and artist living in Seattle, helped to further our understanding of this critical topic. Art Historian Melanie King (South Seattle College) also contributed as a guest to this study session. NCTA Seminar Leader, Mary Roberts, facilitated this afternoon conversation.

This seminar was offered at no cost to current, in-service teachers, and was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC) in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington with funding from a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

3:30 PM to 6:30 PM.


Mariner High School library; 200 120th St SW, Everett, WA 98204.


  • a copy of both novels on the afternoon of the workshop
  • digital primary and secondary source materials
  • three free Washington State OSPI clock hours
  • light supper



You can view this collection on Goodreads.