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    "body": "<br/>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n <div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  <p>\n   RGMediaType:short stories;\nTitle:Pleasure of Plain Rice;\nCreators:Hisaye Yamamoto Desoto;\nInterestLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Desire to escape; Self-awareness; Working class struggles;\nGenre:Memoir;\nPoV:First person reminiscence by Nisei woman;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Limited availability;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Springfield, Massachusetts;\nChronology:1944;\nFacility:Poston (Colorado River) [2] - Parker, Arizona;\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Articles\" style=\"display:none;\">\n <p>\n  Author:Hisaye Yamamoto Desoto;\nTitle:Pleasure of Plain Rice;\nPubName:;\nPubDate:1960;\nPubDetails:;\nDOI:;\nWebsite:;\n </p>\n</div>\n<p>\n Essay/story by\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Hisaye_Yamamoto\" title=\"Hisaye Yamamoto\">\n  Hisaye Yamamoto\n </a>\n on racial identity that focuses on her month-long stint as a domestic in Springfield, Massachusetts, during World War II. She begins the piece by noting various white Americans she knows who have changed their ethnic-sounding last names to less ethnic sounding ones, noting the futility of her doing such a thing as a Japanese American, citing the mass incarceration during World War II. Anxious to leave\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Poston_(Colorado_River)\" title=\"Poston (Colorado River)\">\n  Poston\n </a>\n , where she and her family ended up, she and two of her younger brothers are allowed to leave for Massachusetts in the summer of 1944. While her fifteen-year-old brother Yuke is placed in a summer camp in the Berkshires, the\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/War_Relocation_Authority\" title=\"War Relocation Authority\">\n  War Relocation Authority\n </a>\n office in Boston assigns her and her seventeen-year-old brother Jemo to become domestic servants for a wealthy widow in Springfield. Both initially dislike the stern and formal family and the job duties that had to be completed in different uniforms. Though mostly familiar with Japanese dishes, the narrator nonetheless finds herself cooking Western-style food for the family. When finally asked to make a Japanese meal for guests, she is appalled to find the guests dousing their rice with soy sauce. After a month, the three are called back to Poston by their father after hearing of the death of her other brother, John, in Italy as a member 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 .\n</p>\n<p>\n A renowned short story writer today, Yamamoto Desoto was a frequent contributor to the\n <i>\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Rafu_Shimpo_(newspaper)\" title=\"Rafu Shimpo (newspaper)\">\n   Rafu Shimpo\n  </a>\n </i>\n holiday edition, where \"Pleasure of Plain Rice\" first appeared in 1960. It is one of the few pieces from that time period by a\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">\n  Nisei\n </a>\n to directly address the incarceration and camps—even referring to them as \"concentration camps.\" It was reprinted in\n <i>\n  Southwest: A Contemporary Anthology\n </i>\n in 1977.\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 <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/One with the Angels (short story)\" title=\"One with the Angels (short story)\">\n  One with the Angels\n </a>\n \" by Yachiyo Uehara; \"\n <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Unfinished Message (short story)\" title=\"Unfinished Message (short story)\">\n  Unfinished Message\n </a>\n \" by Toshio Mori; \"\n <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Case History (short story)\" title=\"Case History (short story)\">\n  Case History\n </a>\n \" by Bradford Smith\n</p>\n",
    "moreinfo": "<div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n   For More Information\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <p>\n   Desoto, Hisaye Yamamoto \"Pleasure of Plain Rice.\"\n   <i>\n    Rafu Shimpo\n   </i>\n   , Dec. 1960, 9, 10, 14. Reprinted in\n   <i>\n    Southwest: A Contemporary Anthology\n   </i>\n   . Edited by Karl Kopp and Jane Kopp. Albuquerque, N.M.: Red Earth Press, 1977. 295–301.\n  </p>\n  <!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.084 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.084 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 220/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 1463/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 4675/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 918/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 3/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n  <!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:3713-0!*!0!*!*!5!* and timestamp 20180309151242 and revision id 28858\n -->\n </div>\n</div>",
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