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HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Jamie Ford (2011 - 2012 Book of the Year)


COLLEGE WIDE PROGRAMS:

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CURRICULUM-RELATED ACTIVITIES:

AVAILABILITY OF COPIES:

  • The Nealley Library has 20 copies available for 7-day loans. Call Number: Main Stacks PS 3606. 0737 H68 2009
  • The SAC Bookstore has used copies on sale for $9.50.
  • To borrow additional copies, check local public library holdings: LibraryLinks.aspx

PRIMARY SOURCES:

  • Densho was “created in 1996 by a nonprofit organization w/the goal of documenting oral histories from Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during WWII”. Its Digital Archive is an excellent resource which provides free access (register to login, or use the Guest account) to more than 1,100 hours of recorded and transcribed video interviews, and over 10,800 historic photos, documents, and newspapers. For help in navigating and researching the Densho Digital Archive Collection download or print this step-by-step 13 page document: http://archive.densho.org/Help/archiveHelp.asp. Be sure to visit the Learning Center for free downloadable and printable multidisciplinary lessons that introduce students to questions of civil liberties as they pertain to Japanese American experiences.
  • JARDA: Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives provides access to the Japanese American internment primary documents and resources of various California archives, libraries, oral history programs, and museums. An excellent tool to use when exploring photographs, letters, personal diaries, transcribed oral histories, art, camp newsletters and documents related to Japanese American internment.
  • A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U. S. Constitution is an online exhibit sponsored by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
  • Sites of Shame provides an overview of different types of detention facilities that incarcerated Japanese Americans during WWII. Includes maps, photos, quotations, video clips, and other primary sources. Of special interest is the personal story of the Yasutake family (narrated and transcribed w/images).
  • Japanese American National Museum, located in Los Angeles, focuses on Japanese American culture and society. Visit the museum or explore the website.

CLASSROOM RESOURCES:

AUTHOR INTERVIEWS

LOCATION AND SETTING OF NOVEL

NEALLEY LIBRARY RESOURCES

  • Selected list of Japanese American relocation-related books available from the SAC Nealley Library (click here)
  • Full-text access to journal, magazine and newspaper articles is available from the comfort of your homes. Students and staff of our college have 24/7 access to our library periodical databases. Please call (714) 564-6708, or stop by the Nealley Library Reference Desk for assistance.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Our college’s recent efforts to identify and locate former Japanese American students whose college education was interrupted by the events of World War II is closely tied to this year’s selection. During our Spring 2011 commencement Santa Ana College bestowed twenty honorary college degrees to former Santa Ana College Japanese American students. Explore www.sac.edu/nisei for additional information on the California Nisei College Diploma Project, and for news articles about the Santa Ana College Nisei Diploma Project. 

Continue to check our SAC Book of the Year college web page for additional resources, as well as for programs and activities related to Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Please contact Yolanda Garcia at garcia_yolanda@sac.edu or (714) 564-6717 for questions, or for feedback if you plan to incorporate this novel or themes of this novel into your coursework. Suggestions for college wide activities are also welcomed.

 

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lives in me."