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LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEW - 6/15/2014:
During World War II, the U.S. Office of War Information and the British Political Warfare Mission (BPWM) recruited Japanese Americans who had been partly educated in Japan to participate in their propaganda efforts. From a shared studio in Denver, a small group of them translated news reports from the New York Times and the Associated Press into Japanese, combined these reports into scripts, and recorded the scripts for broadcast. From Denver, the programs were transmitted to San Francisco, where they were recorded onto special vinyl-coated glass discs and aired via shortwave radio to Japan. Filmmaker Ono provides a fascinating examination of this little-known program through interviews with many of the participants, who describe their work and their living conditions. Isolated from other Japanese American internees, the group developed close bonds as they faced resentment and prejudice from the community around them. For Ono, the story is a deeply personal one: his father, Sam Masami Ono, worked as an announcer for the BPWM. VERDICT This small group of U.S. citizens provided a vital service to their country, and their story deserves to be more widely known.
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