Searchlight Serenade

Searchlight Serenade

Searchlight Serenade

Special | 57m 45s

A story of Japanese Americans who played swing music in incarceration camps during WW2.

More than 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced to live in incarceration camps during World War II. As people endeavored to create a sense of normalcy during their incarceration, many detainees still enjoyed the popular music of the day - swing. This program tells the stories of 9 detainees - big band musicians - who created a soulful escape for themselves and their fellow prisoners.