A Local Odyssey of Epic Proportions

The World War II Odyssey of King County's Japanese Americans, educational supplement, 2014, courtesy of Newspapers In Education
The World War II Odyssey of King County's Japanese Americans, educational supplement, 2014, courtesy of Newspapers In Education
The World War II Odyssey of King County's Japanese Americans, educational supplement, 2014, courtesy of Newspapers In Education
The World War II Odyssey of King County’s Japanese Americans, educational supplement, 2014, courtesy of Newspapers In Education

The Seattle Times Literacy Fund, Newspapers In Education program partnered with Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project to develop The World War II Odyssey of King County’s Japanese Americans, an eight-page full color educational supplement originally published in The Seattle Times on Sunday, April 12, 2015. The supplement tells the story of Japanese Americans’ involuntary migration during WWII, featuring the personal journeys of Akiko Kato, a 17-year-old student at Seattle’s Garfield High School, and Shosuke Sasaki, a 30-year-old Japanese immigrant raised and educated in the Seattle area. Densho has added digital components of this project to their website, including an interactive flipbook of the supplement, access to an online course for educators, historical videos and a bibliography.

This project was partially funded through 4Culture’s Heritage Projects program. A PDF copy of the supplement is also available through seattletimes.com/nie or hard copies can be requested from The Seattle Times Newspapers In Education or Densho. Newspapers In Education is a free program offered to all classroom educators.