By Storyteller Anne Shimojima


Story Summary:

How would the government treat your family if it went to war with your ancestors’ country of origin? Anne Shimojima describes life in an incarceration camp for her Japanese-American family during World War II.


Discussion Questions:

  1. Imagine that you were in an incarceration camp in World War II. How would you answer Question 27 and 28 and why?
  2. How do you think the experience of living in an incarceration camp (when you have not done anything wrong) can affect a family and succeeding generations?
  3. How do you think the lack of privacy affected the people living in the camps?



  • Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives – University of California Teacher created lesson plans for grades 4-12 based on photographs, letters, diaries, transcribed oral histories, and artwork of the camps –
  • Looking Like the Enemy; My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese American Internment Camps by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald



  • Asian American/Asians
  • Bullying
  • European American/Whites
  • Family and Childhood
  • Housing
  • Identity
  • Stereotypes and Discrimination
  • War