To connect When the Emperor Was Divine to Augustana College's own history and make the incarceration of Japanese Americans less abstract to today's students, former Augustana Special Collections librarian Emma Saito Lincoln created a StoryMap about the experiences of Augustana alumna Kikue (Ruth) Kumata. This resource is a combination of map, timeline, narrative, and plenty of links to relevant primary and secondary source materials. Some of the source material originates in Augustana's own Special Collections, and some is from outside sources.
Suggested ways to incorporate the StoryMap into your FYI 101 courses:
- Have students view the StoryMap, and then write a reflection on what they learned
- Have students view the StoryMap, and then select one topic to explore more closely using the linked resources (plus additional resources they may find with the help of their friendly Tredway Library librarians!)
- Have students view the StoryMap, and then discuss what challenges they think Kikue (Ruth) Kumata may have faced as a new student at Augustana
The StoryMap can be accessed on the Special Collections website here: