This teen wants elementary schools to have books about the incarceration of Japanese Americans

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The Seattle Times

SEATTLE — Kai Vanderlip just wanted kids to remember. And books, he thought, might be the best way. Now a 17-year-old junior at Tesla STEM High School in Redmond, Washington, Vanderlip was in fifth grade when he first learned about the Japanese American incarceration brought about by Executive Order 9066. That order, issued 80 years ago this year by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, ultimately uprooted more than 100,000 Japanese Americans on this country’s West Coast. Labeled threats to national security, they were forced to leave their homes, and were sent to guarded prison camps for the durat…

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