Introductory Workshop

Oral Histories of Japanese American Incarceration in WW II: Implications for What it Means to be an American in 2020

Livingston, CA

NOTE: Due to Stanislaus State University’s coronavirus policy this workshop has been postponed. We will announce a new date as soon as possible.

At this workshop, participants will:

Meet, learn, and engage with a Nisei and Sansei panel from Merced, Fresno, and Turlock-Cortez Chapters of the Japanese American Citizens League

Explore the museum’s unique collection of Yamato, Cressey, and Cortez colony primary source documents and artifacts

Analyze and unpack the landmark Supreme Court decision: Korematsu v. US, 1944 and The Civil Liberties Act of 1988

Identify essential questions, strategies, and potential lessons to extend student learning to contemporary state, national, and global policy

Gain primary sources, oral histories, and access to documentary footage that profiles courage, resilience, and upstander behavior in the face of prejudice and injustice

Co-sponsored with Stanislaus State University and the California Global Education Project.
People standing in a row listening to a woman speak

All participants will receive:

  •  A one-year Digital Editions license for the Choices Program’s curriculum unit, Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate;
  • Permanent access to the Choices Program’s Digital Editions curriculum unit Japanese American Incarceration in World War II;
  • The 18Thirty Entertainment/Valley PBS award-winning documentary – Silent Sacrifice: Stories of Japanese-American Incarceration in Central California and Beyond;
  • A light dinner and .5 UEE credit.

Free, thanks to the generous support of the Livingston Historical Museum, Stanislaus State University, the California Global Education Project, and the Choices Program at Brown University.

Enrollment is limited and registration is required. Early registration is recommended. You must register with a school email.


Middle and high school history, social studies, English, language arts, and humanities teachers.


I use Choices materials regularly. I love adapting the activities for my classroom, and find the background readings very helpful in brushing up from year to year, especially when the courses I teach occasionally rotate.
– Martina M., Social Studies Teacher, New York

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