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    "body": "<br/>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n <div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  <p>\n   RGMediaType:films;\nTitle:From Bullets to Ballots;\nCreators:;\nInterestLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Quest for power; Role of men; War – glory, necessity, pain, tragedy; Working class struggles;\nGenre:Documentary;\nPoV:Interviews with Nisei men;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Hawai'i;\nChronology:1940s–1950s;\nFacility:;\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Films\" style=\"display:none;\">\n <p>\n  Title:From Bullets to Ballots;\nDate:1997; \nGenre:;\nReleased:;\nDirector:Robert A. Nakamura;\nProducer:Karen L. Ishizuka;\nWriter:Karen L. Ishizuka;\nScreenplay:;\nStory:;\nBasedOn:;\nNarrator:;\nStarring:Ed Ichiyama (interviewee); Ron Oba (interviewee);\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Daniel_Inouye\" title=\"Daniel Inouye\">\n   Daniel Inouye\n  </a>\n  (interviewee); Ralph Yempuku (interviewee); Martin Tohara (interviewee); Joe Shimamura (interviewee); Mike Tokunaga (interviewee); Robert Katayama (interviewee); Stanley Akita (interviewee); Sakae Takahashi (interviewee); Young Kim (interviewee); Don Matsuda (interviewee); Turk Tokita (interviewee);\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/George_Ariyoshi\" title=\"George Ariyoshi\">\n   George Ariyoshi\n  </a>\n  (interviewee);\nMusic:Dan Kuramoto;\nCinematography:Robert A. Nakamura;\nEditing:Justin Lin;\nStudio:Japanese American National Museum;\nDistributor:;\nRuntime:23 minutes;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nBudget:;\nGross:;\nIMDBLink:;\nTrailerLink:;\n </p>\n</div>\n<p>\n Documentary film on Japanese Americans from Hawai'i as part of the\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/442nd_Regimental_Combat_Team\" title=\"442nd Regimental Combat Team\">\n  442nd Regimental Combat Team\n </a>\n and their role in the political realignment of Hawai'i after the war.\n <i>\n  From Bullets to Ballots\n </i>\n was one of three short films directed by Robert A. Nakamura and produced by Karen L. Ishizuka in conjunction with\n <i>\n  From Bento to Mixed Plate: Americans of Japanese Ancestry in Multicultural Hawai'i,\n </i>\n an exhibition produced by the\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Japanese_American_National_Museum\" title=\"Japanese American National Museum\">\n  Japanese American National Museum\n </a>\n in 1997.\n</p>\n<p>\n Based on interviews with fourteen veterans from of the 442nd or\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/100th_Infantry_Battalion\" title=\"100th Infantry Battalion\">\n  100th Infantry Battalion\n </a>\n , the bulk of the film tells the story of the Hawaii members of 442nd: their reasons for volunteering; dealing with color lines while training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi; their battlefield exploits in Europe; and the continuing discrimination they faced at war's end. The last section of the film covers the role of the veterans in the \"\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Revolution_of_1954\" title=\"Revolution of 1954\">\n  Revolution of 1954\n </a>\n ,\" the Democratic takeover of Hawai'i electoral politics, focusing on their motivations for political involvement after their wartime sacrifices.\n</p>\n<p>\n <i>\n  From Bullets to Ballots\n </i>\n was featured in the\n <i>\n  From Bento to Mixed Plate\n </i>\n exhibition at its opening at the Bishop Museum in 1997 and in its subsequent travels, along with two other short films,\n <i>\n  Plantation Roots\n </i>\n , on the continuing legacy of Hawai'i's plantation history, and\n <i>\n  The Politics of Plate Lunch\n </i>\n , on contemporary ethnic relations in Hawai'i. Initially released on VHS cassette,\n <i>\n  From Bullets to Ballots\n </i>\n was issued on DVD with the other two films in 2009.\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\">\n <b>\n  Authored by\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/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<p>\n Might also like\n <i>\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/The_Untold_Story:_Internment_of_Japanese_Americans_in_Hawai%27i_(film)\" title=\"The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai'i (film)\">\n   The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai'i\n  </a>\n </i>\n (2012);\n <i>\n  <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/442: Live with Honor, Die with Dignity (film)\" title=\"442: Live with Honor, Die with Dignity (film)\">\n   442: Live with Honor, Die with Dignity\n  </a>\n </i>\n (2010);\n <i>\n  <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Looking Like the Enemy (film)\" title=\"Looking Like the Enemy (film)\">\n   Looking Like the Enemy\n  </a>\n </i>\n (1996)\n</p>\n",
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