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Writing a YA Story about Japanese Internment Camps
Elizabeth Read

Lizzie Griffin '28

I researched Japanese Internment Camps during World War II. In 1941, when the Japanese Empire bombed the US naval base at Pearl Harbor Hawaii, many people in the U.S. became suspicious of people of Japanese descent. This resulted in the creation of internment camps, which were made to isolate and limit the freedoms of people of Japanese heritage who were citizens and residents of the United States. During the research process, I focused on Japanese culture, how the camps were created, daily life in the camps, and the long-term effect of the camps on those who were imprisoned. My goal for my final product was to plan and write a portion of a novel about a teen girl’s experiences in the Manzanar camp. I wrote the first chapter and plan to write the remaining chapters this summer.

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