Meet the Real Tai Shimoda
The real Tai Shimoda was based on the stories of two men.
Before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mas was an ordinary American boy. After the war started, his family was forced to report to an internment camp for Japanese-Americans. You can read about Mas' story here.
George Nakano's family was moved from Oceanside, California, to an internment camp in Arizona after the war broke out. You can read George's story here.