Asian & Japanese Internment Book List

An Artist's View of the Japanese-American Internment – by Kenjiro Nomura - adult
A collection of family photos and personal artwork from a Japanese-American family who were uprooted from their community and herded to an internment camp during World War II.

The Children of Topaz – by Michael O. Tunnell and George W. Chilcoat – children's literature
In 1943, Lillian Yamauchi Hori taught a third grade class in an internment camp in Topaz, Utah. The class diary tells about life in the camp and reveals the injustices experienced by the children and, most importantly, their resilience in living in a prejudiced world.

Desert Exile:  The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family – by Yoshiko Uchida – teen
A sensitive and readable account that captures with insight and human warmth the feel of what it was like to be sent by one's own government into exile in the wilderness.

Farewell to Manzanar – by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston – teen copies
This is the true story of one spirited Japanese-American family's attempt to survive the indignities of forced detention…and of a native-born American child who discovered what it was like to grow up behind barbed wire in the United States.

Heart Mountain – Eiichi Edward Sakauye - adult
Heart Mountain was an internment camp for over 11,000 of the 110,000 Japanese-Americans forced out of their homes in 1942. These unique photographs focus on the activities of the Heart Mountain community and are a tribute to the resilience of men and women who made the most of their incarceration behind barbed wire.

The Heart Mountain Story – Mamoru Inouye- adult
A collection of photographs from Heart Mountain, a Japanese-American internment camp in Wyoming.

Hear Me Now – Tragedy in Cambodia – Sophal Leng Stagg – teen/adult
Sophal Leng was nine years old when she and her family were forced to leave their home in Phnom Penh in April of 1975, joining the multitude of Cambodians who were dragged through hell by the brutal regime of the Khmer Rouge. This is the story of Sophal Leng recounting the unimaginable pain, suffering, starvation and disease that she miraculously endured.

And Justice for All – John Tateishi – teen/adult
In this book, John Tateishi allows thirty Japanese-Americans, to speak for themselves about the internment camps of World War II. This book captures the personal feelings and experiences of the only group of American citizens ever to be confined in concentration camps in the United States.

The Minidoka Interlude – residents of Minidoka Relocation Center – teen/adult
Patterned after a high school yearbook, The Minidoka Interlude contains visual memories of an Idaho relocation camp. The editor of this book, Tommy Takeuchi, hoped to share his memories but died in 1990 without doing so. This book is presented by his children, with the hope that people of the future will not experience what their father did during the war when prejudice was a fact of life.

The Name Jar – Yangsook Choi – children's literature
When Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, she decides to change her name so her classmates can pronounce it. Her classmates begin a name jar with suggestions for her. While picking a name, Unhei learns that being different is a good thing.

Polly Bemis:  A Chinese-American Pioneer – Priscilla Wegars – children's literature
The true story of Idaho citizen Polly Bemis as told by Polly and friends who knew her, as well as from a wide range of documents.

Shin's Tricycle – Tatsuharu Kodama – children's literature
The true story about a young boy killed in the Hiroshima bombing. Shin was three years old when his life was cut short. The tricycle is now on display at the Hiroshima Peace Museum, where it is viewed by 1.5million people each year.

Stereotypes and Admonitions – Roger Shimomurs - teen/adult
A collection of pop art and commercial examples of racial discrimination against Japanese-Americans.