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Teacher’s Workshop at Tule Lake

July 3 July 8

Join the Japanese American Museum of Oregon for a 6-day teacher workshop in Portland and at the Tule Lake Monument. This in-depth learning experience includes travel from Portland to the Tule Lake area outside of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Participants will gain knowledge of Japanese American history in Oregon, a variety of resources for teaching Japanese American history in the classroom, and the opportunity to hear directly from Japanese American community members, scholars, and local educators about the forced removal and incarceration Japanese Americans during World War II.

The Legacy of the WWII Japanese American Incarceration: A Place-Based Teacher Workshop
July 3-8, 2024
Meet in Portland on July 3
Open to K-12 teachers in Oregon and Washington
Applications due Friday, May 3


The Japanese American Museum of Oregon is accepting applications from Oregon and Washington educators to participate in a 6-day teacher workshop, entitled “The Legacy of the WWII Japanese American Incarceration: A Place-Based Teacher Workshop,” which will take place July 3-8, 2024.

The first portion of the workshop will take place in Portland, Oregon at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon, July 3-5. During this portion, participants will dive into the history of Portland’s Nihonmachi (Japantown), engage in workshop sessions about effective teaching practices, and get introduced to a variety of resources for teaching Japanese American history in the classroom.

During the second portion of the workshop, participants will attend and support the 2024 Tule Lake Pilgrimage, July 5-8 (transportation to and from Klamath Falls, Oregon is provided). The annual pilgrimage, organized by the Tule Lake Committee, is a gathering of incarceration survivors, their descendants, and allies to honor the experience of Japanese Americans through educational sessions, tours, and community building. Participants will hear from Japanese American community members, scholars, and local educators about the forced removal and incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II. 

A group of 7 educators (K-12) will be selected to participate. Priority will be given to Oregon educators, but Washington educators are welcome to apply. 

The application period ends on Friday, May 3, 2024. Successful applicants will be notified by May 10th, 2024.


The WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans was a period of history when over 120,000 people, two-thirds of them American citizens, were forcibly removed from their homes by Executive Order 9066 and placed in confinement sites without due process of law. Anti-Asian racism combined with tensions from the attack on Pearl Harbor caused the loyalty of Japanese Americans to be put into question. The government claimed that the incarceration was a military necessity, but a Congressional investigation over 30 years later found that it was motivated by “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.” Tule Lake, in northern California, is one of the ten US concentration camps where Japanese Americans from the West Coast were incarcerated.

Tule Lake opened May 26, 1942, detaining persons of Japanese descent removed from western Washington, Oregon and Northern California. With a peak population of 18,700, Tule Lake was the largest of the camps – the only one converted into a maximum-security segregation center, ruled under martial law and occupied by the Army. Tule Lake was the last to close, on March 28, 1946. Thanks to the preservation and advocacy work of the Tule Lake Committee, the site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006 and became a National Monument in 2008.

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The teacher workshop will be led by Japanese American Museum of Oregon staff. Workshop will occur from July 3-8, 2024. Acceptees are expected to participate for the duration of the workshop and pilgrimage.

Draft schedule:

  • Wednesday, July 3: Travel to Portland, Oregon. Afternoon of workshop sessions.
  • Thursday, July 4: Full-day of workshop sessions.
  • Friday, July 5 – Monday, July 8: Participants will join the Tule Lake Pilgrimage. Participants will attend educational sessions and provide volunteer support for the pilgrimage.
  • Monday, July 8: Tule Lake Pilgrimage ends. Travel via bus from Klamath Falls to Portland. 

Travel, Lodging, & Meals

Participants are expected to make their way to Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, July 3rd. The Japanese American Museum of Oregon will provide lodging at a nearby hotel for participants traveling from out of town. Most meals will be provided by JAMO or the Tule Lake Pilgrimage for the duration of the workshop and pilgrimage. 

Lodging during the pilgrimage and transportation between Portland and Klamath Falls, Oregon is provided as part of the pilgrimage experience.


Participants will receive a $300 stipend to help offset any transportation or associated costs upon completion of the workshop.

2024 Tule Lake Pilgrimage

Participants will be automatically registered for the Tule Lake Pilgrimage. Tule Lake Pilgrimage registration fees and registration logistics will be covered by the workshop. Registration for the 2024 Tule Lake Pilgrimage has already closed to the public so additional family members will not be able to attend.

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Workshop Team

Hanako Wakatsuki-Chong, Executive Director, Japanese American Museum of Oregon

Hanako Wakatsuki-Chong is a professionally trained public historian, political scientist, and museologist. She holds a BA in History and BS in Political Science from Boise State University, as well as an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University, where she serves as an adjunct faculty member for their Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage Management Programs.For 17 years, Hanako worked for state and federal agencies at the Idaho State Historical Society, the US Navy, the National Park Service, and the White House Office of the Chief of Staff; holding roles as Interpretive Specialist, Education Specialist, Chief of Interpretation and Education, Superintendent, and Policy Advisor throughout her government career. 

Elissa Dingus, Director of Education and Engagement, Japanese American Museum of Oregon

Elissa spent 12 years as an elementary school teacher in the Portland, Oregon metro area, where she developed social studies curricula that expanded the focus beyond Oregon’s well-known white settler colonial past in order to make space for the less frequently told histories of marginalized groups in Oregon. She was awarded the 2017 Oregon Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award and the 2019 Lewis & Clark MAT Alumni Teacher of the Year Award. She is now the Director of Education and Engagement at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon where she facilitates educational programming at the museum to connect student groups, educators, and the general public with Japanese American history.


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