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Undergrads To Share Research on UNC’s WWII Policy Toward Japanese American Students

On November 30, a class of UNC undergraduates will share their research into the University’s World War II policies toward Japanese American students in a free public program at the Wilson Special Collections Library.

“Taking a Stand: UNC’s Admissions Policy on Japanese Americans during World War II,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room. Starting at 5 p.m., attendees will be able to view a display of historical documents from the Library’s collections.


The students in Prof. Heidi Kim’s English 360 class spent the semester examining the historical record to build a picture of this episode in University history. During the War, Japanese Americans were incarcerated without trial. Members of the UNC community, including President Frank Porter Graham and the Franklin Street Presbyterian Church, faced fierce opposition as they sought to help college-age Japanese American students continue their education.

“These students have done wonderful work on an unknown aspect of UNC’s history, “ said Kim. “Nobody, not even experts, was aware that UNC had a role in the Japanese American college student placement program.”

Event Information

Taking a Stand: UNC’s Admissions Policy on Japanese Americans during World War II
With members of Prof. Heidi Kim’s English 360 class
Monday, November 30, 2015
Display viewing at 5 p.m.; program at 5:30 p.m.
Wilson Special Collections Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203


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