What We Do
Our Story is a resource of knowledgeable speakers who tell the story about the Japanese American incarceration during World War II.
The speakers provide insight into the causes of the incarceration and its impact on individuals, the community, and the Constitution. The speakers share stories about the way the incarceration affected the lives of individuals and families. Virtual Our Story presentations are available to accommodate remote learning.
This program supports the new Illinois-wide requirement to teach a unit on Asian American history.
The Need for This Program
Our Story teaches students that the decision to incarcerate Japanese Americans was wrong. Thanks to a network of trained volunteers, students learn about the plight of Japanese Americans during this tumultuous time and the living conditions in the World War II concentration camps. It reinforces the fact that the Constitution did not properly protect Japanese Americans during WWII, and fosters the idea that all Americans share the responsibility for protecting the rights of all Americans at all times.