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From Exclusion to Inclusion, 1941–1992

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The legacy of Japanese American internment impacted America for decades, including Congress. Class members consider the tenure of Asian American representatives in Congress and how the legacy of World War II affected their service. Other suggested activities include debating statehood for American holdings in the South Pacific and discussion questions.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Create a plan for a Congressional member who must travel long distances to represent constituents in the Pacific
  • Discuss how Japanese American internment camps affected future generations of Asian American politicians
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson is the second of a three-part Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Congress unit 
  • The lesson plan offers a variety of options to cover the material
  • Role-playing options are engaging and develop empathy
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