Milwaukee County War Memorial

Teaching Students about WWII Japanese Internment

Miyazaki and Students

As part of the War Memorial Center education program, noted local photographer Kevin Miyazaki visited Milwaukee College Prep last month to share his family’s experiences with Japanese internment during WWII.

The school’s 7th and 8th graders have been discussing the theme of cultural identity and how it is preserved through wartime experiences. As part of the unit, the students read Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s memoir, Farewell to Manzanar, about her time in a Japanese internment camp in California. Miyazaki helped bring this account to life by talking about members of his father’s family who were incarcerated at Tule Lake and Heart Mountain Japanese camps during WWII.

Kevin also discussed his photo series, Camp Home, which documents how the camp buildings are being used today.

About Milwaukee College Prep

Milwaukee College Prep is a high achieving four-campus network of K-8 schools that is committed to eliminating the achievement gap so that all children gain the knowledge and character to determine their own destinies. It’s student population is 99% African-American.

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