Need to Borrow a Book?
You can buy a copy of When the Emperor Was Divine at the bookstore or you can borrow one at the Library. The Library has several copies of the book to lend, including one that does not go out of the building.
To find a copy to borrow, go to the New Books shelves in the Library lobby. If you do not see one there, ask a Reference Librarian to help you find one here or in another library.
To use the non-circulating copy, go to the Reserve Desk (on level 3 of the Library) and ask for the Open Books Open Minds book, When the Emperor Was Divine. You will not be allowed to take that book home, but you will be able to read it in the Library and copy passages you want to reread.
Here is a bibliography of library materials about the Japanese American Evacuation and Internment that were on exhibit in the Adams Library lobby, August-September 2011.
How to Use this Guide
This guide will show you how to find sources on the topic of the book itself, When the Emperor Was Divine, and the broader topic of the Japanese American Relocation and Internment during World War II.
Click on the Finding library materials tab for help locating relevent books, articles, and films. Many of these, including some of the books, are online in the Library's databases. Others are print resources to be found in the Library building. To access databases from off campus or to take books out of the Library, you must have a RIC ID and register at the Library.
Japanese American Internment - Websites describes and links to many authoratative web resources by historians and other scholars, internees, and the U.S. government.
Voices from the Camps includes art and literature, from pictures and poetry to diaries and newsletters by the internees.
Click on the Civil Rights tab to find the legal documents authorizing the internment, a Supreme Court case challenging it, an official apology, and other government documents.
Lesson Plans and Guides shows curriculum resources and lesson plans for school teachers.
Open Books -- Open Minds
Open Books--Open Minds is the Rhode Island College common book program. This initiative brings together first-year students early in their first semester at RIC, and links them with upper classmen, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and the greater Rhode Island community through book discussions and participation in a rich array of programs and activities.
Interviews with Julie Otsuka
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Densho archive interview (free guest registration required)