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[Mine with open newspaper, surrounded by anti-Japanese slogans, Berkeley, California, 1941]

Okubo, Mine

[Mine with open newspaper, surrounded by anti-Japanese slogans, Berkeley, California, 1941]
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drawing
H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
paper
ink

United States, 1942-1944

(2007.62.14)

Gift of Mine Okubo Estate

Description

1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman, Mine Okubo, stands with hands resting on newspaper surrounded by anti-Japanese propaganda and epithets hanging in the air, California during World War II. Includes "Aliens-citizens, a Jap is a Jap," "Send them back to Tojo," "Sabotage," "Can't trust them," "Evacuation from vital areas," "Enemy planes off coast," "Spy ring," "A Jap looks like this," "F.B.I. investigation," "Stab in the back," "All attention Japs," "Firecrackers found in home near airport," "Black Dragon," "Don't trust a Jap," "We don't want them," "F.B.I. arrest six," "Sorry no Japs," "Curfew must be obeyed by aliens and citizens of Jap ancestry," "Bank Freeze Jap," "We don't want Japs," "Jap."

Inscription
Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 8. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 8. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 8.

History
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 10 of book.

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