February 2022 Newsletter
March 4-6, 2022: California Council for the Social Studies Conference
This event is happenning at the Hyatt Orange County in the city of Garden Grove. We won't be attending, but this is usually the best conference for social studies education in California each year.
March 29-April 2: California Association for Bilingual Education Conference
This event was scheduled to take place in San Francisco this year, but has been turned into a virtual event. If you are an author of a bilingual book, please contact us about possibly doing a virtual presentation at this event.
If you have an event that you would like us to mention and or to participate in, please feel free to let us know.
A Barefoot Boy From Hilo
In Sacramento and Arboga – Interviews with Mas Hongo
The following interview is taken from multiple recordings with Masanori Hongo, husband of Florence Hongo (head of AACP).
This is just a small portion of more than ten hours we recorded with him over a four year period (from 2016 to 2019). We apologize if this article seems a little disjointed and pieces of the discussion seem missing. Mas spoke on several different occasions about his World War II experience – some of it overlapped. We merge parts of different interviews so that we could feature this one period in Mas’ life.
Mas Hongo was one of over 110,000 Japanese Americans to be incarcerated in one of the War Relocation Administration’s concentration camps during World War II. Even though he was born in Hawaii, he was sent to one of these camps because he happened to be in California at the beginning of the war. As a result he suffered the same fate as thousands of other Japanese Americans that were living on the West Coast of America.
This part of the interviews does not deal directly with his overall thoughts on the internment, but does shed some light on his experiences during the days leading up to his incarceration and the beginning of his confinement experience.
There are many stories about the internment, and each person had very different experiences even though many had similar parts in common. One of the unique things with Mas’ story is that he experienced these events as a young adult. Most of the survivors that are still living today tell their 80-year-old recollections from their perspective as children.
If you like this article, we hope to continue bringing you more of Mas’ transcribed recordings in future newsletter articles.
Please continue reading this one and let us know what you think.
Eileen Gu, Citizenship, and Self-identity
An editorial by Leonard Chan
When I was at my relative’s home recently, the subject of Eileen Gu came up. We were watching the 2022 Winter Olympics and one of my relatives said she thought Gu was a traitor. I had never heard of Eileen Gu before these Olympic games, but now I have, including all the controversy that surrounds her.
I am not sure if I have that much to contribute to Gu’s story, but her situation brings up thought about citizenship, self-identity, and even a connection to Asian American history.
I won’t go too deep into the Gu specific controversy, but will share some of my thoughts of how it connects with me and AACP.
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Children's Chapter Books and Young Adults
Japanese American and Canadian World War II Internment
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