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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9 in, W: 13 in
mat board

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9 x 13 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, covers her face against the dust blowing in the wind at Central Utah Relocation Center, also known as Topaz, upon arriving from Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Dressed in cross-patterned top and a skirt, Mine holds a suitcase as she bends over covering her face with her proper right arm as her brother, Benji, covers his face with his hand behind her. The head of men, women and children face away from viewer in foreground; they cover their faces with their hands, and handkerchiefs. At midground, a band of former Boy Scouts from Berkley plays behind a group of people waiting behind a rope, covered against the dust and wind; some holding up signs, "Welcome to Topaz." Row of barracks in background right.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 117. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 117. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 117.

Drawings for the book, Citizen 13660, began as sketches and drawings created by Okubo while incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz to tell faithful friends about camp life and were intended for exhibition purposes. Drawing is on page 123 of book.

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