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Rally backs book rejected in Muskego for focus on Japanese-Americans

Outside Muskego High School, where educators were stopped from teaching a book about the US incarceration of Japanese Americans in WWII, over 100 residents and allies gathered Monday night to demand the school board approve the book.

Holding a “teach-in” before the Muskego-Norway School Board met Monday night, the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Coalition of Wisconsin handed out 100 copies of the novel.

The book, “When the Emperor Was Divine” by Julie Otsuka, had been chosen by a team of school staff but needed approval from a school board committee. After a June 13 school board committee meeting, staff were told to start their selection process over .

Board members have shared little about what happened at that committee meeting, which was not recorded. But emails obtained by the Journal Sentinel show there was concern that the novel focused too much on the Japanese-American experience.

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