Discovering your Japanese Heritage

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Focus questions:

  • What are some of the major events that the Japanese encountered in the U.S. that have impacted U.S.-Japan relations?
  • How did war between the U.S. and Japan affect Japanese-Americans?
  • How can students begin to record their own families’ histories?
  • How have Japanese-Americans been affected by their Japanese heritage?
  • How similar are Japanese-American youth to their Japanese counterparts?

This study theme is for American students of Japanese descent. Through five self-contained lessons, students explore historical background regarding the Japanese-American experience and move to explore their own identities in preparation for their visit to Japan.

Designed by Selena Lai and Gary Mukai, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE)