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Inquiry Question

Historical Context



Photos 1 & 2
Photo 4
Photo 5 & Drawing 1


Table of

Visual Evidence

Photo 3: Gakuen Hall, Walnut Grove.
[Graphic] Photo 3 with link to higher quality photo.
(California State Parks Office of Historic Preservation)

Gakuen Hall is the only known example of a Japanese culture and language school designed and built by Japanese as a reaction to the California public school segregation laws of 1921. When the Japanese were forced into relocation camps during World War II, the local landowner held the building in trust until the Japanese could return. Today the building serves as a community center for the Japanese residents of Walnut Grove.

Questions for Photo 3

1. Why did the Japanese build a separate culture and language school?

2. What might they have been preparing the children for? Would this be necessary today?

* The photo on the screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a high quality version of Photo 3, but be aware that the file will take about 30 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.



Comments or Questions

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