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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">RG Media Type</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">short stories</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Death Rides the Rails to Poston</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Creators</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Hisaye Yamamoto</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Interest Level</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Grades 9-12; Adult</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Theme</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Power and corruption; Quest for discovery</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Genre</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Mystery</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Point-of-View/Protagonist Characteristics</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Told from perspective of Nisei murder investigator</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Availability</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Widely available</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Free Web Version</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">No</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Chronology</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">1942</td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:short stories;\nTitle:Death Rides the Rails to Poston;\nCreators:Hisaye Yamamoto;\nInterestLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Power and corruption; Quest for discovery;\nGenre:Mystery;\nPoV:Told from perspective of Nisei murder investigator;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:;\nChronology:1942;\nFacility:;\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Articles\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Author:Hisaye Yamamoto;\nTitle:Death Rides the Rails to Poston;\nPubName:;\nPubDate:1942;\nPubDetails:;\nDOI:;\nWebsite:;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>Short story murder mystery by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Hisaye_Yamamoto\" title=\"Hisaye Yamamoto\">Hisaye Yamamoto</a> that takes place on the train taking forcibly removed Japanese Americans to the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Poston_(Colorado_River)\" title=\"Poston (Colorado River)\">Poston</a>, Arizona, concentration camp. <i>Death Rides the Rails to Poston</i> first appeared in serialized form in the <i><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Poston_Chronicle_(newspaper)\" title=\"Poston Chronicle (newspaper)\">Poston Chronicle</a></i> newspaper in 1943.\n</p><p>As the story begins, Shu Shingu, the last man to enter the last train car to Poston, notices a short man sitting by himself who had claimed that everybody hated him as he got on the train. Curious, he sits by the man. Tsuyoshi Koike tells Shu that he, like everyone else in the car, is from Oceanville, and that everyone indeed hates him because he had worked for the FBI after the war had started and had accompanied them in searches of Japanese American homes. While Shu talks to others on the train, Koike apparently falls asleep. But when box lunches are passed out to the passengers, one of the MPs notices that Koike has in fact died. A fan of mystery novels, Shu immediately suspects foul play and gets permission to conduct an investigation. In talking to the passengers, he finds that indeed, all had reason to dislike Koike. But was this really a murder?\n</p><p>Yamamoto, twenty-one years old at the time, had lived in Oceanside, California, prior to the war and, having had prior journalistic experience, worked on the camp newspaper the <i>Poston Chronicle</i>. In a 1994 interview, she told Chizu Omori and Emiko Omori that the <i>Chronicle's</i> English language editor Susumu Matsumoto had suggested to her that she write a serialized mystery. The first installment appeared in the January 9, 1943, issue. She said that she didn't know what she was going to write from one installment to the next. She also claimed to have no political motivation in writing the story, that \"it was just pure entertainment,\" and didn't even know that there were <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Informants_/_%22inu%22\" title='Informants / \"inu\"'>informants</a> in the community at the time she wrote it.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">[1]</a></sup>\n</p><p><i>Death Rides the Rails to Poston</i> is one of only a handful of Yamamoto's stories set against the backdrop of the World War II incarceration. These includes \"<a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/The_Legend_of_Miss_Sasagawara_(short_story)\" title=\"The Legend of Miss Sasagawara (short story)\">The Legend of Miss Sasagawara</a>\" (1950), which is set in one of the Arizona camps; \"<a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Pleasure_of_Plain_Rice_(short_story)\" title=\"Pleasure of Plain Rice (short story)\">Pleasure of Plain Rice</a>\" (1960), about her aborted attempt at \"<a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Resettlement\" title=\"Resettlement\">resettlement</a>\" in Massachusetts in 1944; \"<a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/An_Abandoned_Pot_of_Rice_(short_story)\" title=\"An Abandoned Pot of Rice (short story)\">An Abandoned Pot of Rice</a>\" (1984), about her family's forced departure from their Oceanside home; and \"<a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Reunion_(short_story)\" title=\"Reunion (short story)\">Reunion</a>\" (1992), about a man attending a <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Camp_pilgrimages\" title=\"Camp pilgrimages\">pilgrimage</a> to Poston. <i>Death Rides the Rails to Poston</i> was reprinted in the 2001 revised and expanded edition of Yamamoto's short story collection, <i>Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories</i>.\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a>, Densho</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Niiya, Brian</div>\n<p>Might also like <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Summer_of_the_Big_Bachi_(book)\" title=\"Summer of the Big Bachi (book)\">Summer of the Big Bachi</a></i> and the other Mas Arai mysteries by Naomi Hirahara; \"<a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/The_Brothers_Murata_(short_story)\" title=\"The Brothers Murata (short story)\">The Brothers Murata</a>\" by Toshio Mori; \"<a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/The_Remembered_Days_(short_story)\" title=\"The Remembered Days (short story)\">The Remembered Days</a>\" by Toshio Mori\n</p>\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>Yamamoto, Hisaye. \"Death Rides the Rails to Poston.\" In <i>Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories</i>. Revised and Expanded Edition. Introduction by King-Kok Cheung. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2001. 131–41.\n</p>\n</div></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"Footnotes\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">Footnotes</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n<ol class=\"references\">\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Hisaye Yamamoto interview by Chizu Omori and Emiko Omori, March 21, 1994, Segment 9, San Francisco California, Densho Digital Repository, accessed on January 16, 2018 at <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1002-10/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1002-10/</a>.</span>\n</li>\n</ol></div>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.104 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.107 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 269/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 1827/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 4198/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 686/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 4/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:3730-0!*!0!!*!5!* and timestamp 20180309150427 and revision id 28274\n -->\n</div></div><div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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