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May 21, 2013

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Photo: Children eating hot dogs in a dining hall at Idaho's Minidoka Internment Camp in 1944
Children eating hot dogs in a dining hall at Idaho's Minidoka Internment Camp in 1944
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National Archives; Densho Project

Weenie Royale

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The Kitchen Sisters

When 100,000 Japanese and Americans of Japanese ancestry were evacuated from their homes and forced to move into internment camps, they were fed government surplus foods including hot dogs, ketchup, and Spam. In this story from the Kitchen Sisters series, Hidden Kitchens, Japanese Americans explain how their lives changed.  Family routines were erased, and when they were eventually freed, internment staples found their way into their kitchens: ketchup in soup, hot dogs in eggs, and even sushi made with spam.

Music

"Obsession" by Chuy Reyes and His Orchestra

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