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A human understanding of how the Japanese-American internment happened. 

Slip Slidin' Away

Slip Slidin' Away

 
The original caption for this photograph reads: "Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. A pleasant Sunday afternoon's recreation is spent by evacuee winter sports enthusiasts, on the slopes of Castle Mountain. Homemade sleds and various other homemade pieces of equipment were used by these young people."

The original caption for this photograph reads: "Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. A pleasant Sunday afternoon's recreation is spent by evacuee winter sports enthusiasts, on the slopes of Castle Mountain. Homemade sleds and various other homemade pieces of equipment were used by these young people."

In this episode, a romp in the snow turns into a tough lesson about captivity and control.

Like the other episodes of Scapegoat Cities, this episode is based on actual events. The incident in this episode took place at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming in late 1942. Min Tanaka is not a real person; I invented him for the purposes of the story. In preparing the story, though, in addition to looking at archival materials, I spoke to one of the boys who was sledding that day, now an elderly man.

 

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Music in this episode: "Frame of Mind" by Erik Haddad, "Sad Day"- www.bensound.com, "Jazz Comedy" - wwww.bensound.com, "Instinct" - www.bensound.com, "Silence Await" by cdk, "Don't Fence Me In" performed by Roy Rogers (public domain).

Photos courtesy of the National Archives Catalog

The Irrepressible Moe Yonemura

The Irrepressible Moe Yonemura