Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community

Zoom Teacher Workshop: BI Japanese American WWII Experience


A free Zoom professional development workshop for teachers
Saturday, March 27, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to noon
A 3-hour live, interactive on-line session

Our workshop will explore the WWII Japanese American experience through the stories of real people in Washington State, with a focus on Bainbridge Island, the first community to be rounded up and sent to concentration camps after Executive Order 9066. We will use documentary film as a catalyst for open-ended inquiry about the Japanese experience in Washington State. All participants will be able to access streaming rights and download four films by Stourwater Pictures through their ESDs that can be used with your Social Studies curriculum:

• The Red Pines
• Fumiko Hayashida: The Woman Behind the Symbol
• My Friends Behind Barbed Wire
• Home from the Eastern Sea

We will feature a live presentation on the Bainbridge Island experience, Let it Not Happen Again: Lessons
of the Japanese American Exclusion
by Humanities Washington speaker, Clarence Moriwaki.

We will also feature an interactive panel discussion with three Bainbridge Islanders: Lilly Kodama, former incarceree; Mary Woodward, daughter of Walt and Milly Woodward of the Bainbridge Review; and Donna Harui of Bainbridge Gardens, whose family moved to Moses Lake right before the mass incarceration.

We share the story of Bainbridge Island—the origin point of the Japanese American exclusion—to provide a human, historical account of this national tragedy, and to ask the question: Are there parallels to what’s happening in the United States today?

3 free clock hours through OSPI and $100 stipend for teachers.

Registration is limited to 30 teachers, so sign up early!

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