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    "body": "<div class=\"mw-parser-output\">\n <div id=\"databox-Films\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  <p>\n   Title:For Joy;\nDate:2019; \nGenre:Documentary; Biography; Music;\nReleased:;\nDirector:;\nProducer:;\nWriter:Julian Saporiti;\nScreenplay:;\nStory:;\nBasedOn:;\nNarrator:;\nStarring:;\nMusic:;\nCinematography:Max Ritter; Justin Smith;\nEditing:;\nStudio:Kishi Bashi/Omoiyari Songfilm;\nDistributor:;\nRuntime:15 minutes;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nBudget:;\nGross:;\nIMDBLink:;\nTrailerLink:;\n  </p>\n </div>\n <div class=\"rgonly\">\n  <!--\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\" removed-->\n  <div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n   <p>\n    RGMediaType:films;\nTitle:For Joy;\nCreators:;\nInterestLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Expression through art; Optimism – power or folly; Power of the past;\nGenre:Documentary; Biography; Music;\nPoV:Told from perspective of young musicians meeting and older musician;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:Yes;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:World War II-Concentration camps-Social and recreational activities [195];\nGeography:Honolulu;\nChronology:1940s and 2018;\nFacility:Heart Mountain [5] - Cody, Wyoming;\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <p>\n  Short film that documents a visit by the contemporary musical duo No-No Boy—Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama—to Honolulu to see Joy Takeshita Teraoka, a singer with the George Igawa Orchestra at\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Heart_Mountain\" title=\"Heart Mountain\">\n   Heart Mountain\n  </a>\n  . Invited by the\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  Veterans Club in 2018 to do a concert in Honolulu, the duo used it as an opportunity to meet Teraoka. At her Honolulu apartment, Teraoka talks about her time as a singer in Heart Mountain as a teenager and other aspects of camp life, including youth culture, Japanese cultural practices, and the general musical scene while singing old song with Aoyama. The film concludes with No-No Boy's concert, highlighted by a song Saporiti wrote for Teraoka titled \"The Best God Damn Band in Wyoming\" and by Teraoka joining them onstage.\n </p>\n <p>\n  Writing and performing songs inspired by Asian American history—and in particular the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans—Saporiti and Aoyama had found inspiration in Teraoka and other Japanese Americans who made music in the concentration camps. Heart Mountain bandleader George Igawa had formed the Sho Tokyans band in Los Angeles in 1936, and the popular group performed in dance halls in Tokyo in 1937–38. Incarcerated at the\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Pomona_(detention_facility)\" title=\"Pomona (detention facility)\">\n   Pomona Assembly Center\n  </a>\n  , Igawa started the Pomonans, whose nucleus moved on to Heart Mountain where he started his eponymous big band. Teraoka was the the band's third singer, winning an audition when she was just sixteen years old. In addition to playing regular dances and shows in the camp, the Igawa Band also played in nearby towns outside of Heart Mountain, since those towns did not have dance bands, something 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  allowed as a way of building goodwill with local communities. Teraoka left Heart Mountain in August 1943 with her family and eventually settled in Honolulu with her husband and children and where she sang professionally in local clubs.\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  <i>\n   For Joy\n  </i>\n  was featured at the 2020 Films of Remembrance festival in San Francisco, accompanied by a concert by No-No Boy.\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  </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/California%27s_Gold_with_Huell_Howser:_Songbird_of_Manzanar_(film)\" title=\"California's Gold with Huell Howser: Songbird of Manzanar (film)\">\n    California's Gold with Huell Howser: Songbird of Manzanar\n   </a>\n  </i>\n  (2005);\n  <i>\n   <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/The Music Man of Manzanar (film)/\" title=\"The Music Man of Manzanar (film)\">\n    The Music Man of Manzanar\n   </a>\n  </i>\n  (2005);\n  <i>\n   <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Searchlight Serenade (film)/\" title=\"Searchlight Serenade (film)\">\n    Searchlight Serenade\n   </a>\n  </i>\n  (2012)\n </p>\n</div>\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key encycmw:pcache:idhash:4363-0!canonical and timestamp 20210524203555 and revision id 33586\n -->\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   No-No Boy website:\n   <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://www.nonoboyproject.com/music\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    https://www.nonoboyproject.com/music\n   </a>\n   . [Full video can be viewed here.]\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Nakayama, Takeshi. \"\n   <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"https://www.nichibei.org/2020/02/film-uncovers-little-known-story-of-music-in-camp-by-incarcerated-nikkei/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    Film Uncovers Little-Known Story of Music in Camp by Incarcerated Nikkei.\n   </a>\n   \"\n   <i>\n    Nichi Bei Weekly\n   </i>\n   , Feb. 18, 2020.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Yoshida, George.\n   <i>\n    Reminiscing in Swingtime: Japanese Americans in American Popular Music: 1925-1960\n   </i>\n   . San Francisco: National Japanese American Historical Society, 1997.\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>",
    "footnotes": "<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       George Yoshida,\n       <i>\n        Reminiscing in Swingtime: Japanese Americans in American Popular Music: 1925-1960\n       </i>\n       (San Francisco: National Japanese American Historical Society, 1997), 35–37, 101–02, 152–54, 158–63.\n      </span>\n     </li>\n    </ol>\n   </div>\n  </div>\n  <!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCached time: 20210524203555\nCache expiry: 86400\nDynamic content: false\nCPU time usage: 0.066 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.073 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 408/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2923/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 6871/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1412/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 4/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nUnstrip recursion depth: 0/20\nUnstrip post‐expand size: 539/5000000 bytes\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n  <!--\nTransclusion expansion time report (%,ms,calls,template)\n100.00%   35.922      1 -total\n 24.94%    8.959      1 Template:Databox-Films\n 22.94%    8.239      1 Template:RGDatabox-Core\n 15.74%    5.655      1 Template:Reflist\n  6.22%    2.236      1 Template:AuthorByline\n  5.97%    2.146      1 Template:Published\n  5.71%    2.050      1 Template:publish-rgonly\n-->\n </div>\n</div>"
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