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    "title": "Boy from Nebraska (book)",
    "body": "<div class=\"mw-parser-output\">\n <div id=\"databox-BooksDisplay\">\n  <table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n   <tbody>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Title\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Boy from Nebraska\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Author\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Ralph G. Martin\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Original Publisher\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Harper &amp; Brothers\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Original Publication Date\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      1946\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Pages\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      208\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n   </tbody>\n  </table>\n </div>\n <div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  <p>\n   Title:Boy from Nebraska;\nAuthor:Ralph G. Martin;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Harper &amp; Brothers;\nPubDate:1946;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:208;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:;\n  </p>\n </div>\n <div class=\"rgonly\">\n  <!--\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\" removed-->\n  <div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n   <p>\n    RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:Boy from Nebraska;\nCreators:;\nInterestLevel:;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:;\nGenre:;\nPoV:;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:Yes;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:;\nChronology:;\nFacility:;\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <p>\n  Brief biography of\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Ben_Kuroki/\" title=\"Ben Kuroki\">\n   Ben Kuroki\n  </a>\n  ,\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Nisei/\" title=\"Nisei\">\n   Nisei\n  </a>\n  war hero, by Ralph G. Martin and published in late 1946 when Kuroki was arguably the best known Japanese American.\n </p>\n <p>\n  After a brief introduction by Bill Mauldin that makes the case that Kuroki's story represents the larger story of Nisei as well as other American racial minorities, the book begins with Kuroki's return to his home in Hershey, Nebraska. We meet his family and siblings and learn of his early life in flashbacks as he explores the family farm and small town where he is treated as a hero. After four chapters take us through high school and his stint as a trucker, the books shifts in style to more conventional third person narrative in taking us through his enlistment, the rampant discrimination he faces during basic training, and the gradual sense of acceptance he receives as he bonds with crew members on his flight crew. We follow him through his thirty missions in Europe—interrupted by a stint as a POW in Spain—a brief interlude in the U.S. where he is both treated as a hero and faced with continuing discrimination, then his decision to fly 28 more missions over Japan, before ending with the realization that his 59th mission is to tell his story in the hope that full equality for Japanese Americans and other minorities can be realized. The book is fairly light on details of battles and bombing missions, instead focusing on the camaraderie of the soldiers and of Kuroki's battles with recurring racism and with his own doubts that doing what is he doing will really make a difference.\n </p>\n <p>\n  Author Martin had been a war reporter for\n  <i>\n   Stars and Stripes\n  </i>\n  and\n  <i>\n   Yank\n  </i>\n  during the war and was an assistant editor with the\n  <i>\n   New Republic\n  </i>\n  when the book was published. Kuroki told his story to Martin, who recalled, \"I don't have to do any work on the plot—that was all there. It just had to be brought out of Ben. It's Ben's story—the whole thing.\" Published on October 9, 1946, it had sold 8,000 copies in three months. The\n  <i>\n   New York Post\n  </i>\n  ran a condensed version of the book as a serial.\n </p>\n <p>\n  Mainstream reviews of\n  <i>\n   Boy from Nebraska\n  </i>\n  were uniformly positive, with\n  <i>\n   Kirkus Reviews\n  </i>\n  going so far as to suggest that it \"might might be called a companion piece to [Richard Wright's]\n  <i>\n   Black Boy\n  </i>\n  .\" As was commonly the case for reviewers of the time, many reviewed the treatment of Japanese Americans as much as the book itself, expressing support for the fight against prejudice. Both\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Larry_Tajiri/\" title=\"Larry Tajiri\">\n   Larry Tajiri\n  </a>\n  and\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Bill_Hosokawa/\" title=\"Bill Hosokawa\">\n   Bill Hosokawa\n  </a>\n  gave it rave reviews in the\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Pacific_Citizen_(newspaper)/\" title=\"Pacific Citizen (newspaper)\">\n   <i>\n    Pacific Citizen\n   </i>\n  </a>\n  .\n  <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n   <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n    [1]\n   </a>\n  </sup>\n </p>\n <p>\n  Kuroki's story remained a well-known one throughout the postwar years and has received two more recent treatments: the children's book,\n  <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n   Lucky Ears: The True Story of Ben Kuroki, World War II Hero\n  </a>\n  (Grand Island, Nebr.: Field Mouse Productions, 2010) by Jean A. Lukesh and the 2007 documentary film\n  <i>\n   <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/Most_Honorable_Son_(film)/\" title=\"Most Honorable Son (film)\">\n    Most Honorable Son\n   </a>\n  </i>\n  .\n </p>\n <div id=\"authorByline\">\n  <b>\n   Authored by\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Brian_Niiya/\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">\n    Brian Niiya\n   </a>\n   , Densho\n  </b>\n </div>\n <div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  Niiya, Brian\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"Find_in_the_Digital_Library_of_Japanese_American_Incarceration\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Find_in_the_Digital_Library_of_Japanese_American_Incarceration\">\n    Find in the Digital Library of Japanese American Incarceration\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <p>\n    <b>\n     <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n      Boy from Nebraska\n     </a>\n    </b>\n   </p>\n   <p style=\"font-size:8pt;line-height:1.5;color: #aaa;\">\n    This item has been made freely available in the\n    <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n     Digital Library of Japanese American Incarceration\n    </a>\n    , a collaborative project with\n    <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n     Internet Archive\n    </a>\n    .\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"Reviews\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Reviews\">\n    Reviews\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <p>\n    Breed, Eleanor. \"Nisei Goes to War.\"\n    <i>\n     San Francisco Chronicle This World\n    </i>\n    , Oct. 20, 1946, 16.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    <i>\n     Christian Science Monitor\n    </i>\n    , Dec. 14, 1946, 12.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Hosokawa, Bill.\n    <i>\n     <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n      From the Frying Pan: Reading 'The Boy from Nebraska.'\n     </a>\n     \"\n    </i>\n    Pacific Citizen\n    <i>\n     , Nov. 16, 1946, 5.\n    </i>\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    <i>\n     <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n      Kirkus Reviews\n     </a>\n    </i>\n    , Oct. 9, 1946.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    <i>\n     Library Journal\n    </i>\n    , Oct. 1, 1946.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Miller, Merle. \"\n    <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n     The War to Fight a War\n    </a>\n    .\"\n    <i>\n     Saturday Review of Literature\n    </i>\n    , Nov. 9, 1946, 18.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Morse, J. Mitchell. \"Nisei from Nebraska.\"\n    <i>\n     The New York Times Book Review\n    </i>\n    , Nov. 3, 1946, 18.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Tajiri, Larry. \"\n    <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n     Ralph Martin Writes an Exciting Biography of a Nisei Hero\n    </a>\n    .\"\n    <i>\n     Pacific Citizen\n    </i>\n    , Oct. 12, 1946, 5.\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n    Footnotes\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n    <div class=\"mw-references-wrap\">\n     <ol class=\"references\">\n      <li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n       <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n        <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n         ↑\n        </a>\n       </span>\n       <span class=\"reference-text\">\n        <i>\n         Kirkus Reviews\n        </i>\n        , Oct. 9, 1946,\n        <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n\n        </a>\n        ;\n        <i>\n         Pacific Citizen\n        </i>\n        , Oct. 12, 1946, 5 and Nov. 16, 1946, 5,\n        <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n\n        </a>\n        and\n        <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n\n        </a>\n        , all accessed on Jan. 12, 2018.\n       </span>\n      </li>\n     </ol>\n    </div>\n   </div>\n   <!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCached time: 20201114001726\nCache expiry: 86400\nDynamic content: false\nCPU time usage: 0.063 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.070 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 336/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2387/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 3882/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 359/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 4/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nUnstrip recursion depth: 0/20\nUnstrip post‐expand size: 966/5000000 bytes\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n   <!--\nTransclusion expansion time report (%,ms,calls,template)\n100.00%   44.142      1 -total\n 18.38%    8.112      1 Template:RGDatabox-Core\n 16.01%    7.069      1 Template:Databox-Books\n 14.68%    6.478      1 Template:Reflist\n  5.47%    2.414      1 Template:AuthorByline\n  5.25%    2.317      1 Template:FindAtIA\n  4.72%    2.083      1 Template:Published\n-->\n  </div>\n </div>\n</div>\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key encycmw:pcache:idhash:3139-0!canonical and timestamp 20201114001726 and revision id 29718\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\">\n <a href=\"#top\">\n  <i class=\"icon-chevron-up\">\n  </i>\n  Top\n </a>\n</div>",
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