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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div class=\"floatright\"></div>\n<div id=\"databox-FilmsDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">The First Battle: The Battle for Equality in War-Time Hawaii</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">2006</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\"><a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://www.imdb.com/genre/\" rel=\"nofollow\">Genre</a></th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Doc/Drama</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Director</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Tom Coffman</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Producer</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Tom Coffman</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Narrator</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">David Hoole</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Starring</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Edward Sclafani (Robert Shivers); Gary Ontai (Hung Wai Ching); Eric Nemoto (Shigeo Yoshida); John Bopp (John A. Burns); David Farmer (Col. Kendall Fielder); Gerry Altweis (Charles Hemmenway)</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Music</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Stephan Fox</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Cinematography</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Ryan Kawamoto</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Runtime</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">56 minutes</td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Films\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:The First Battle: The Battle for Equality in War-Time Hawaii;\nDate:2006; \nGenre:Doc/Drama;\nReleased:;\nDirector:Tom Coffman;\nProducer:Tom Coffman;\nWriter:;\nScreenplay:;\nStory:;\nBasedOn:;\nNarrator:David Hoole;\nStarring:Edward Sclafani (Robert Shivers); Gary Ontai (Hung Wai Ching); Eric Nemoto (Shigeo Yoshida); John Bopp (John A. Burns); David Farmer (Col. Kendall Fielder); Gerry Altweis (Charles Hemmenway);\nMusic:Stephan Fox;\nCinematography:Ryan Kawamoto;\nEditing:;\nStudio:;\nDistributor:;\nRuntime:56 minutes;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nBudget:;\nGross:;\nIMDBLink:;\nTrailerLink:;\n</p>\n</div>\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;\">films</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">The First Battle: The Battle for Equality in War-Time Hawaii</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;\">Genre</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Documentary; Drama</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;\">Japanese and Chinese American residents of Hawai'i; Military and FBI leaders</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Availability</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Limited availability</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;\">Has Teaching Aids?</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">No</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Ratings and Warnings</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">NR (Not Rated)</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Geography</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Hawai'i</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Chronology</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">1941-1942</td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:films;\nTitle:The First Battle: The Battle for Equality in War-Time Hawaii;\nCreators:;\nInterestLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:;\nGenre:Documentary; Drama;\nPoV:Japanese and Chinese American residents of Hawai'i; Military and FBI leaders;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Limited availability;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:NR (Not Rated);\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Hawai'i;\nChronology:1941-1942;\nFacility:;\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<p>A 2006 film by Tom Coffman about the multi-racial group of civic and military leaders in World War II Hawai'i that monitored race relations and supported Hawai'i's large Japanese American community. After Pearl Harbor was bombed on <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/December_7,_1941\" title=\"December 7, 1941\">December 7, 1941</a>, the Committee for Interracial Unity and the Morale Section led by Chinese American YMCA Secretary <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Hung_Wai_Ching\" title=\"Hung Wai Ching\">Hung Wai Ching</a> and Japanese American school principal <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Shigeo_Yoshida\" title=\"Shigeo Yoshida\">Shigeo Yoshida</a>, worked to protect the civil liberties of the people of Japanese ancestry living in Hawai'i, which ultimately led to the decision against a mass removal of Japanese Americans from the islands. In addition to interviews with some of the key figures and archival footage and stills, <i>The First Battle</i> also recreates several key scenes with actors playing key historical figures such as Ching, Yoshida, and Hawai'i FBI head <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Robert_Shivers\" title=\"Robert Shivers\">Robert Shivers</a>. Major funders included Central Pacific Bank, the Gerbode Foundation, the Hawaii Pacific Rim Society, and the Island Insurance Company.\n</p><p><i>The First Battle</i> premiered at the Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu on September 5, 2006, in an event organized by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i (JCCH). JCCH also organized premieres of the film on the neighbor islands. The film debuted on local television with an airing on Hawaii Public Television on December 7, 2006. An extensive website for the film includes additional photographs and documents, extended interviews, and educational materials among other things.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">[1]</a></sup>\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Lewis_Kawahara\" title=\"Lewis Kawahara\">Lewis Kawahara</a> and <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a>, Densho</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Kawahara,Lewis;Niiya,Brian</div>\n<p>Might also like <i><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Ganbare_Don%27t_Give_Up!_(film)\" title=\"Ganbare Don't Give Up! (film)\">Ganbare Don't Give Up!</a></i> (1994); <i><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/The_Untold_Story:_Internment_of_Japanese_Americans_in_Hawai%27i_(film)\" title=\"The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai'i (film)\">The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai'i</a></i> (2012); <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/From_Bullets_to_Ballots_(film)\" title=\"From Bullets to Ballots (film)\">From Bullets to Ballots</a></i> (1997)\n</p>\n<div id=\"RelatedArticlesDisplay\">\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"Related_Articles\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Related_Articles\">Related Articles</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>\n</p>\n<div id=\"RelatedArticlesSectionDisplay\">\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"\"><h3><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"\"></span></h3><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>\n</p>\n<ul><li> <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Dramatic_films/videos_on_incarceration\" title=\"Dramatic films/videos on incarceration\">Dramatic films/videos on incarceration</a></li></ul>\n</div></div></div>\n</div></div></div>\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><i>The First Battle</i> official website, <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.thefirstbattle.com/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.thefirstbattle.com/</a>.\n</p><p>Burl Burlingame, \"<a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://archives.starbulletin.com/2006/12/07/features/story07.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">Isle Council Helped AJAs as War Loomed.</a>\" <i>Honolulu Star-Bulletin</i>, Dec. 7, 2006.\n</p><p>Markrich, Mike. \"'The First Battle': Extraordinary Actions by Ordinary People.\" <i>Hawaii Herald</i>, Oct. 6, 2006, 9, 15.\n</p><p>Pang, Gordon Y.K. \"<a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/Sep/04/il/FP609040322.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">Internment Busters.</a>\" <i>Honolulu Advertiser</i>, Sept. 4, 2006. \n</p><p>Suzuki, Genevieve A. \"'The First Battle': Historian Tom Coffman Preparing an Addendum to a Legendary Era.\" <i>Hawaii Herald</i>, July 23, 2004, 9, 14.\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\"><i>Hawaii Herald</i>, Aug. 18, 2006, 4; Burl Burlingame, \"Isle Council Helped AJAs as War Loomed,\" <i>Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Dec. 7, 2006, accessed on April 2, 2015 at <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://archives.starbulletin.com/2006/12/07/features/story07.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://archives.starbulletin.com/2006/12/07/features/story07.html</a>.</i></span>\n</li>\n</ol></div>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.148 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.152 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 445/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 3061/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 8686/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1734/2097152 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:2292-0!*!0!!*!5!* and timestamp 20180309150537 and revision id 28626\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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