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Wherever I Go, I Will Always Be A Loyal American: Schooling Seattle’s Japanese Americans during World War II


reviewed by Russell Young — 2003

coverTitle: Wherever I Go, I Will Always Be A Loyal American: Schooling Seattle’s Japanese Americans during World War II
Author(s): Yoon K. Pak
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415932343, Pages: , Year: 2002
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Yoon Pak’s book Wherever I Go, I Will Always Be a Loyal American is an excellently researched book about the schooling of Seattle’s Japanese American population during World War II.  Central to the research are letters written by students to their homeroom teacher, Ella Evanson.  Through the letters, other archival data, and interviews with surviving Japanese Americans who lived through this time in history, Yoon Pak chronicles how the Seattle schools dealt with the conflicting messages of democracy and patriotism with race-based suspension of civil rights.  She details the struggle of maintaining a school environment of tolerance amid mounting social prejudice following the Japanese bombings of Pearl Harbor.   This book is important for at least two reasons.  It fills in a gap of American history.  Many Americans know so little about the role of Americans of Japanese ancestry in American history.  In general, Japanese are seen as a group devoid of individuality.  Americans stumble to name one famous Japanese American.  As Mia Tuan (1998) puts it, the Asian... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 604-607
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11034, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 10:22:30 PM

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  • Russell Young
    San Diego State University
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    RUSSELL L. YOUNG is a professor at San Diego State University. He teaches courses in multicultural education, educational research, and language policy. His research interests include racial and ethnic identity development, multicultural teacher education, language policy, and Asian American education. Recent publications can be found in Multicultural Perspectives, Bilingual Research Journal, and Issues in Teacher Education. His children’s book, Dragonsong, received the National Association of Multicultural Education 2000 Children’s Book Award.
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