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2016 Common Read / When the Emperor Was Divine: Online Resources
The purpose of the Common Read LibGuide is to provide readers with helpful resources to learn more about When the Emperor Was Divine, WWII American Japanese internment camps and the lives of those affected.
Meet the Author An Evening with Julie Otsuka, on October 19, 7 - 9 pm. Julie will discuss her award winning book in the Centennial Student Union ballroom.
Come check out the latest art exhibit in the Centennial Student Union Art Gallery (lower level near Hearth Lounge) and fold your own origami peace crane. Cranes will be available for viewing after the campus-wide installations.
September 24 11 am - 12:30 pm
Family Week Book Discussion. Families are welcome to join Honors students in Memorial Library (second floor) to assembly peace cranes and engage in a discussion about When the Emperor Was Divine.
John M. Pfau Library highlights the many struggles that Japanese-Americans had to face when they were forced from their homes during World War II. Photos are gathered of the evacuation and the many years spent in internment camps.
The barracks the Japanese American internees had to live in were created with tarpaper walls, and little to nothing else. Internees often made their own furniture and other items to make their space more comfortable. These barracks did not even meet the minimum requirements for military housing.
The words of the Executive Order 9066 was printed in newspapers the day after it was signed and official. Newspaper clippings are gathered that follow the many changing events of WWII. Additionally, magazine articles give direct stories of internees and their experience.