The resources below have been compiled for use in conjunction with The Orange Story. The material has been organized by chapter and includes links to relevant curricula, other resources, and discussion questions. These resources are intended primarily for general audiences and a wide range of grade levels, unless specified otherwise.
Preparing for Incarceration:
Patriotism and Loyalty:
Geography of Incarceration:
If you suddenly had to leave your home and could only bring with you what you could carry, what would you choose to bring and why? What would you be forced to leave behind?
In some instances, Japanese Americans chose to destroy their possessions rather than store or sell them, which is also something we see Koji do in the film. Why do you think they chose to do this? What would motivate someone to destroy what may in some cases be family heirlooms?
If you and your family were put into the situation of having to destroy family heirlooms and/or objects related to your heritage, what kinds of objects would your family have to destroy? What would it mean for your family to lose these objects in this way?
Imagine that you're in line at a bus or train station, wearing a numbered tag. How do you feel about where you've been and where you're going? How do you imagine your family members feel?
Why do you think so many Japanese Americans abided by the orders that demanded they leave their homes? Do you think that any cultural and/or generational practices were guiding the decisions they made? If you had been in their shoes, would you have also complied with the orders to evacuate? If not, what would you have done?