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"Diary: December 12, 1941," internment in America, and the literature of exile

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Language Arts And English +2 Age Level High School (16 to 18 years old)

Beginning with Roger Shimomura's "Diary: December 12, 1941," students will engage with a variety of primary and secondary documents, works of art, and interviews as an entry point into Mohsin Hamid's contemporary work of magical realism, Exit, West.  

Diary: December 12, 1941

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Jerome Relocation Center / Chicot & Drew Counties, Arkansas [map]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Japanese Woman with Three Little Girls

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Short-Term Leave Authorization, WRA

National Museum of American History

Letter from Margaret Hayashi to Mr. Hayes

National Museum of American History

Photograph of Harold Hayashi

National Museum of American History

Camp Photograph

National Museum of American History

baby photo

National Museum of American History

camp photo

National Museum of American History

Group Photograph

National Museum of American History

picture, group of women, Jerome, 1942

National Museum of American History

[Family that has been relocated : [black-and-white photoprint.]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Roger Shimomura

Archives of American Art

Diary: December 12, 1941

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Letters From Camp by Frank Chi

Smithsonian Institution

American Exiles: Leaving Home

Smithsonian Magazine