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A Classroom Guide for American Pastime
By Gary Mukai
Nisei Baseball Research Project
(NBRP), 2007
This guide provides some superficial and very basic lesson plans for teaching American Pastime. While it wholeheartedly avoids more serious issues such as racism, it does provide some lessons around music, culture, and baseball metaphors that some teachers might find useful.

Diamonds in the Rough: Baseball and Japanese-American Internment
By Gary Mukai, in collaboration with Kerry Yo Nakagawa
Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) and the Nisei Baseball Research Project (NBRP), 2004
This more substantial curriculum focuses on baseball in the internment camps generally. Again, while this curriculum does not provide much in the way of complex analysis and neglects to deal with issues of racism or Japanese American resistance, it does provide some entertaining lessons as well as a fairly thorough background essay on internment.

Nisei Baseball Research Project
Kerry Yo Nakagawa, Project Director
4728 North Glenn Avenue, Fresno, CA 93704
NBRP@comcast.net
www.niseibaseball.com
This organization is leading the charge to raise awareness about baseball in the internment camps.

Baseball Saved Us
By Ken Mochizuki
Lee & Low Books, 1995, 32 pp.
An excellent children?s book that also focuses on baseball in the camps.

The Densho Project
www.densho.org
An outstanding online resource for teaching about incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. This site includes hours of streaming oral histories of internees, searchable transcripts of these oral histories, electronic images of actual documents pertaining to incarceration, and a thorough site for educators with lesson plans that focus on background information, civil rights, immigration, and incarceration. Registration is required but free.

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