Date of Award

8-2020

Degree Type

Creative Project

Streaming Media

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

History

Committee Chair(s)

Clayton Brown

Committee

Tammy Proctor

Committee

Andrea Hawkman

Abstract

This thesis project consists of two focuses. The first part focuses on the experiences of Japanese American adolescents who were interned with their parents at the Central Utah Relocation Center during World War II. Although these students were born in the United States and therefore U.S. citizens, they were considered "Japanese" by the U.S. government and many of its citizens. When the U.S. government forcibly removed Japanese American youth and their families from the West Coast, this heavily affected Japanese American youth's perceptions of themselves and the country of their birth. This portion of the project includes a digital exhibit, a video exploring the living conditions at the relocation center, and a high school lesson plan.

The second portion of this project focuses on World War II experiences of Japanese and Filipino youth. Although Japan and the Philippines were enemies during World War II, many youth of both countries experienced similar levels of indoctrination, violence, and starvation—demonstrating the level of totality of the Pacific War. This portion of the project includes a digital exhibit, a paper, and a high school lesson plan.

Comments

Link to "Convicting the Innocent: Japanese American Youth at Topaz" digital exhibit: http://exhibits.usu.edu/exhibits/show/topazrelocationcenter

Link to "There Were Children on the Battleground: Japanese and Filipino Youth in the Second World War" digital exhibit: http://exhibits.lib.usu.edu/exhibits/show/therewerechildrenonthebattle

Convicting the Innocent-Japanese American Youth at Topaz (Text Only).pdf (459 kB)
The text for the digital exhibit focusing on the Central Utah Relocation Center

Convicting the Innocent Lesson Plan.docx (9548 kB)
High school lesson plan that correlates with "Convicting the Innocent" digital exhibit

Convicting the Innocent lesson plan power point.pptx (9251 kB)
A power point that correlates with the "Convicting the Innocent" lesson plan

There Were Children on the Battleground (text only).pdf (347 kB)
A research paper that formed the base for the digital exhibit on Japanese and Filipino youth in World War Ii

Civilians in the Pacific War Lesson Plan.docx (46 kB)
High school lesson plan that correlates to "There Were Children on the Battleground" digital exhibit

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