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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<!--\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\" removed-->\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:films;\nTitle:Words, Weavings and Songs;\nCreators:;\nInterestLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Role of women; Expression through art; Power of the past;\nGenre:Documentary;\nPoV:Interviews with Nisei women; introduced by and interactions with granddaughters;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Los Angeles, California; Gardena, California\nChronology=1940s to 2000s;\nChronology:;\nFacility:Poston (Colorado River) [2] - Parker, Arizona; Manzanar [7] - Manzanar, California;\n</p>\n</div>\n</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;\">Words, Weavings &amp; Songs</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">2002</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Director</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">John Esaki</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Producer</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">John Esaki</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Starring</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Wakako Yamauchi (interviewee); Alyctra Matsushita (interviewee); Momo Nagano (interviewee); Hana van der Steur (interviewee); Sho Nakashima (interviewee); Dan Kwong (interviewee); Mary Nomura (interviewee); Erin Nomura (interviewee)</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Music</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">David Iwataki</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Cinematography</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Akira Boch</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Editing</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Akira Boch</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Studio</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Japanese American National Museum</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Runtime</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">34 minutes</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\"><a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.imdb.com\" rel=\"nofollow\">IMDB</a></th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\"><a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2088982/\" rel=\"nofollow\">Words, Weavings &amp; Songs</a></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Films\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:Words, Weavings &amp; Songs;\nDate:2002; \nGenre:;\nReleased:;\nDirector:John Esaki;\nProducer:John Esaki;\nWriter:;\nScreenplay:;\nStory:;\nBasedOn:;\nNarrator:;\nStarring:Wakako Yamauchi (interviewee); Alyctra Matsushita (interviewee); Momo Nagano (interviewee); Hana van der Steur (interviewee); Sho Nakashima (interviewee); Dan Kwong (interviewee); Mary Nomura (interviewee); Erin Nomura (interviewee);\nMusic:David Iwataki;\nCinematography:Akira Boch;\nEditing:Akira Boch;\nStudio:Japanese American National Museum;\nDistributor:;\nRuntime:34 minutes;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nBudget:;\nGross:;\nIMDBLink:<a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2088982/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2088982/</a>;\nTrailerLink:;\n</p>\n</div>\n<div class=\"floatright\"></div>\n<p>2002 documentary film profiling three <a href=\"/wiki/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">Nisei</a> women who drew on their experiences as teenagers in American concentration camps to pursue different types of creative expression both in camp and afterwards. The three artists featured are writer, playwright, and painter <a href=\"/wiki/Wakako_Yamauchi\" title=\"Wakako Yamauchi\">Wakako Yamauchi</a>, weaver <a href=\"/wiki/Momo_Nagano\" title=\"Momo Nagano\">Momo Nagano</a>, and singer <a href=\"/wiki/Mary_Nomura\" title=\"Mary Nomura\">Mary Nomura</a>. A project of the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center at the <a href=\"/wiki/Japanese_American_National_Museum\" title=\"Japanese American National Museum\">Japanese American National Museum</a>, <i>Words, Weavings &amp; Songs</i> was produced and directed by John Esaki and was funded in part by a grant from the <a href=\"/wiki/California_Civil_Liberties_Public_Education_Program\" title=\"California Civil Liberties Public Education Program\">California Civil Liberties Public Education Program</a>.\n</p><p>Each of the three roughly ten minute segments includes an interview with the subject and a granddaughter, recollections of the World War II period and their families' removal and incarceration, and examples of their art. Yamauchi's section, titled \"Artist in a Homemade Dress\" begins the film. (The title is a reference to her being in Chicago after leaving camp and wearing homemade dresses that, in her own words, made her look like \"a little country bumpkin.\") She recalls her removal from Oceanside, California to the <a href=\"/wiki/Poston_(Colorado_River)\" title=\"Poston (Colorado River)\">Poston</a>, Arizona concentration camp. While leafing through an old photo album, she talks about leaving camp for Chicago. In contemporary footage, we see her walking from her Gardena home to the local McDonalds where she meets with a large group of Nisei that call themselves the \"McDonald's Seniors.\" She talks about the influence of the <i>New Yorker</i> on her writing, of submitting the short story \"And the Soul Shall Dance\" to the young editors of the pioneering Asian American anthology <i>Aiiieeeee!</i> in the 1970s, and we see clips of a 1977 television production of the play version of <i>Soul</i>.\n</p><p>The second segment focuses on Momo Nagano. It begins with her young grand-daughter Hana van der Steur describing her as \"eccentric,\" leading each to laughter. The segment is titled \"30th Street Gang Girl,\" after the southwest Los Angeles neighborhood she grew up in. We see contemporary footage of the \"30th Street Gang\"—a group of Nagano's Nisei friends—reminiscing about their childhoods, and Nagano walks the neighborhood, touring the old house her family had lived in. At the house, she recalls both fun times in the neighborhood and the memory of her father, a community leader and businessman, being arrested by FBI agents who came to the house on the night of December 7. Nagano talks about life at <a href=\"/wiki/Manzanar\" title=\"Manzanar\">Manzanar</a>, and recalls her work on the camouflage net project at Manzanar, which she believes may have piqued her interest in weaving. She talks about pursuing her art even as a single mother of four children. The segment ends with Nagano at a contemporary exhibition of her weavings.\n</p><p>The final segment focuses on Mary Nomura, whom her grand-daughter Erin Nomura calls \"glamourous.\" Titled \"Songbird of Manzanar,\" Nomura's nickname, the segment includes contemporary footage of her singing as well as her visiting the Manzanar site. She recalls her aspiration of singing on the radio as a child and of getting the opportunity to sing at Manzanar. She also talks about meeting her future husband, Shi Nomura, in camp. Later, she tours the <a href=\"/wiki/Eastern_California_Museum\" title=\"Eastern California Museum\">Eastern California Museum</a>, in which Shi had put together an exhibition on Manzanar that includes two records Mary recorded while in camp. She talks about her post-war social group, the So-Phis, her and Shi's grocery store business, and Shi's wish to have his ashes spread in the Sierras upon his death. The segment ends with Mary and her family singing karaoke.\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a href=\"/wiki/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a></b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Niiya, Brian</div>\n<div id=\"RelatedArticlesDisplay\">\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Related_Articles\">Related Articles</span></h2>\n<p>\n</p>\n<div id=\"RelatedArticlesSectionDisplay\">\n<h3><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"\"></span></h3>\n<p>\n</p>\n<ul><li> <a href=\"/wiki/Documentary_films/videos_on_incarceration\" title=\"Documentary films/videos on incarceration\">Documentary films/videos on incarceration</a></li></ul>\n</div>\n</div>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2>\n<p><i><a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://janmstore.com/230012.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">World, Weavings &amp; Songs</a></i> at the Japanese American National Museum website.\n</p>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.112 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.113 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 381/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2657/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 8638/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 2298/2097152 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:2399-0!*!0!!*!5!* and timestamp 20170713021130 and revision id 25853\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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