The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559
Adapted by Naomi Iizuka
Based on the Dear America series book by Barry Denenberg
Produced with special permission from Scholastic
February 8–March 4, 2018
“I was born here. I’m from here. I’m American.”
Witness the story of 12-year-old Ben Uchida, a Japanese-American boy whose life is changed forever following the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor. When the U.S. government forces Japanese-American citizens into internment camps, Ben and his family must face difficult truths about the idea of home. One young person’s struggle to understand a society allowing mass discrimination against its citizens poses questions as urgent today as they were in the past.
Illustration by Liz Wong
SCT proudly brings this story to young audiences. In our dedication to providing bold, honest narratives to children, we aim to inspire empathy and compassion. Theater is a safe place to explore and honor the past as we prepare for the future. Audiences who valued Hana's Suitcase will appreciate this unforgettable production.
Eve Alvord Theatre
Age Recommendation: For Ages 9+
Running Time: Approximately 1h 10m. No intermission.
ASL Interpreted Performances:
Public - February 24, 1:00pm
Schools - March 1, 10:30am
Audio Described Performances:
Public - March 3, 1:00pm
Schools - March 2, 10:30am
Sensory Friendly/Relaxed Performance:
February 25, 1:00pm Buy Here or 206-441-3322
Recommended age: 9+
For Children & Young Adults:
My Name is Sangoel
Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed
The Name Jar
Save Me a Seat
Baseball Saved Us
After twelve-year-old Sumiko and her Japanese-American family are relocated from their flower farm in southern California to an internment camp, she tries to hold on to her dream of owning a flower shop.
Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Drawing From Memory
Barbed Wire Baseball
Can a love of baseball raise a person’s hope while living under horrific circumstances? The introduction of baseball to his internment camp in World War II did just that for Kenichi Zenimura. Share the story of baseball’s vital role in Ken’s life during and after the war, when he was a professional player.
For Adults Working with Children & Young Adults:
In this wordless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family.
A Kid’s Guide to Asian American History: More than 70 Activities
Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II
The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II
Jan Jarboe Russell
Crystal City was the center of a government program called "quiet passage," under which hundreds of Japanese Americans were exchanged for Americans held behind enemy lines. Jan Russell details a little-known story of how the definition of American citizenship changed under the pressure of war.
Booklist prepared by Lisa Cipolla
Pierce County Library System
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