Category Archives: Otsuka (Julie)

School Begins with Internment Camp Novel

Otsuka’s “When the Emperor Was Divine” excited our incoming students upon the upcoming school year.

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World War II Internment Still Resonates

American students of color respond in powerful ways to “When the Emperor Was Divine,” Julie Otsuka’s novel about Japanese Americans’ experience in World War II internment camps.

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