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Asia-Pacific in Cross-Cultural Perspective

This research guide includes resources for the students in the course Asia-Pacific in Cross-Cultural Perspective (01:098:345) with Professor Haruko Wakabayashi (Spring 2022).

Print & E-books [RU restricted]

General and Transnational

Divided Memories: History Textbooks and War in Asia is an essay by Daniel Sneider about the treatment of history by Japanese textbooks that tend to dryly present a chronology of historical facts, with little interpretive narrative added. Sneider was one of the authors of the Divided Memories and Reconciliation project involving an in-depth comparison of history textbooks used in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the United States.

War and Media: A View from Asia is a course guide created for the course of the same name, taught previously by Professor Chie Ikeya.

Abandoned: the stories of Japanese war orphans in the Philippines and China [streaming video]. "This Japanese documentary film traces forgotten and disappeared Japanese communities in the Philippines and former Manchuria (Northeast China) by shedding light on the perspectives of the immigrants' children currently approaching the end of their lives."




United States

Exhibiting the Enola Gay from the Smithsonian Institution Archives is an essay about the  controversies regarding an exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the atomic bomb in 1995.

Pearl Harbor [streaming video] created by Hugh Morgan, 2004 [Rutgers restricted] examines how the Japanese employed new technology to surprise the United States at Pearl Harbor during World War II.

Pearl Harbor Historic Sites

Pearl Harbor National Memorial, a unit of the National Park Service, offers visitors a place to connect with national, international, and personal histories of World War II in the Pacific, ranging from events leading to the December 7, 1941 attack on Oʻahu, to continued peace and reconciliation.

Rutgers Oral History Archives - Special Topics present interviews with Rutgers veterans who served in the World War II. Check out "Pearl Harbor Veterans," "Battle of Guadalcanal, etc. To read the interview transcripts, click on veteran's names.

Japanese American Internment

The Executive Order 9066, signed by the President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, authorized what was to become the mass forced removal and incarceration of all Japanese Americans on the West Coast. More information on the Executive Order 9066, visit this entry on Densho Encyclopedia.



Densho is a comprehensive online non-profit organization documenting oral histories from Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. This evolved into a mission to educate, preserve, collaborate and inspire action for equity. The "Collections and Research" tab includes personal history videos; the  Sites of Shame, points to maps of internment camps, and Names Registry lists names of individuals that experienced incarceration.

Japanese American Camp Newspapers collection from the Library of Congress showcases the material by the Japanese-Americans interned at assembly centers and relocation centers around the country during World War II. Tthese newspapers provide a unique look into the daily lives of the people who were held in these camps. They include articles written in English and Japanese, typed, handwritten and drawn. They advertise community events, provide logistical information about the camps and relocation, report on news from the community, and include editorials.

Japanese American National Museum  is the national repository of Japanese American history, JANM creates groundbreaking historical and arts exhibitions, educational public programs, award-winning documentaries, and innovative curriculum that illuminate the stories and the rich cultural heritage of people of Japanese ancestry in the United States.

Japanese-Americans Research Guide presents the background of the incarceration of people of Japanese descent during the World War II.


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