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Discussion: What Does It Mean to Be an American?

Discuss This Important Question
Reexamine the notion of “Americanness” in light of everything you’ve learned.

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BRIDGES OF UNDERSTANDING

ASSIGNMENT

Consider how individuals can serve as bridges of understanding between communities. Could you?

RELATIONS BETWEEN JAPAN AND THE UNITED STATES, 1853–2018

CLOSE-UP

Read and discuss this in-depth article on the history of U.S.–Japan relations.

FACETS OF THE U.S.–JAPAN RELATIONSHIP

ACTIVITY

Review and research different facets of the U.S.–Japan relationship.

Introduction

Discuss what you think it means to be an American. Keep in mind the comments made by Ambassador Roos, Secretary Mineta, and the American students in the video activities for this lesson. Think not only about what was said, but what was also inferred. The videos are also included below. 

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