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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;\">Kai's Mother</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Creators</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Gretel Ehrlich</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;\">Immigrant experience; Motherhood; Will to survive; Wisdom of experience</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Genre</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Historical Fiction</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 in first person voice of Issei woman</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Availability</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">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;\">1945</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Facility</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Heart Mountain [5] - Cody, Wyoming</td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:short stories;\nTitle:Kai's Mother;\nCreators:Gretel Ehrlich;\nInterestLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Immigrant experience; Motherhood; Will to survive; Wisdom of experience;\nGenre:Historical Fiction;\nPoV:told in first person voice of Issei woman;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:;\nChronology:1945;\nFacility:Heart Mountain [5] - Cody, Wyoming;\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Articles\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Author:Gretel Ehrlich;\nTitle:Kai's Mother;\nPubName:;\nPubDate:1991;\nPubDetails:;\nDOI:;\nWebsite:;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>Short story by Gretel Ehrlich told in the first person voice of an <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Issei\" title=\"Issei\">Issei</a> woman as she rides the train back to California from <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Heart_Mountain\" title=\"Heart Mountain\">Heart Mountain</a> at war's end. The characters in the story were introduced in Ehrlich's earlier novel <i>Heart Mountain</i>.\n</p><p>As the story begins, the Issei character is heading <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Return_to_West_Coast\" title=\"Return to West Coast\">back home to California</a> after the closing of Heart Mountain and the end of the war. She recalls the difficult decision to return, since they have lost their home in Richmond while incarcerated. Her older Issei husband suffers from mental illness and had to be carried onto the train, while her son Kai is at the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Military_Intelligence_Service_Language_School\" title=\"Military Intelligence Service Language School\">Military Intelligence Service Language School</a> in Minnesota. She recalls her difficult life in Japan and contemplates her options in California, deciding that she will seek a domestic service job once she checks on their stored possessions. \n</p><p>In <i>Heart Mountain</i>, her son Kai Nakamura is one of the main characters, a Ph.D. student at Berkeley who becomes a <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Draft_resistance\" title=\"Draft resistance\">draft resister</a> at Heart Mountain before eventually deciding to join the army. The Nakamura's had owned a hardware store prior to the war. The Nakamura's other son, Kenny, is a decorated Army Air Corps flier modeled after <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Ben_Kuroki\" title=\"Ben Kuroki\">Ben Kuroki</a>. She is given no first name in both the novel and the short story.\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 \"<a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/The_Travelers_(short_story)\" title=\"The Travelers (short story)\">The Travelers</a>\" by Toshio Mori; \"<a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Nurse_(short_story)\" title=\"Nurse (short story)\">Nurse</a>\" by Masanaru Hane; \"<a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/The_Day_After_Today_(short_story)\" title=\"The Day After Today (short story)\">The Day After Today</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>Ehrlich, Gretel. <i>Drinking Dry Clouds: Stories from Heart Mountain</i>. Santa Barbara Calif.: Capra Press, 1991. 111–15.\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</div>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.088 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.094 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 250/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 1753/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 4499/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 783/2097152 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:3745-0!*!0!!*!5!* and timestamp 20180309150851 and revision id 28287\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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