Jeanne Wakatsuki recounts being interned with her family during World War II, because of their Japanese ancestry.
Below are some reading passages that we have hand picked to supplement this book. Be sure to read the passage summaries and our suggestions for instructional use.
This account comes from a 16-year-old Syrian girl named Amira and details the past three years of her life in a refugee camp in the neighboring country of Lebanon.
The informational text, “Japanese Relocation during World War II,” discusses the relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.
In Li-Young Lee’s poem “I Ask My Mother to Sing,” the narrator’s mother and grandmother sing of their old home in China.
In “Fish Cheeks,” which is about a Chinese American girl who feels embarrassed by her family during dinner, Tan explores how culture can be essential to a person’s identity.
In Junot Díaz’s “The Terror,” Díaz explores his experiences with fear after getting beat-up as an adolescent.
In the informational text “The Bombing of Hiroshima,” Jessica McBirney describes the United States’ use of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.
This short but profound poem deals with the experience of hiding one’s identity.
In Adrienne Su’s poem “Peaches,” a speaker describes being the child of Chinese immigrants in America.
In Tupac Shakur’s “The Rose That Grew from Concrete,” the speaker describes a flower that grew in an unlikely place.
Gerald Ford's presidency began in 1974 – nearly 30 years after the end of WWII. In this speech, Ford discusses Japanese Internment, or the relocation and incarceration of Japanese Americans, during WWII. As Ford states in the speech, “We now know what we should have known then--not only was that evacuation wrong, but Japanese-Americans were and are loyal Americans.”