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Okubo, Mine

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H: 10 in, W: 14.5 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 10 x 14.5 in.

A man in a cross-patterned suit adresses a large crowd from a stage and wipes tears from his face with a handkerchief. The meeting is held in part, to discuss the troubling dichotomy between the government's willingness to accept Japanese American volunteers for military combat, while at the same time questioning their loyalty. People in the audience weep . A woman, Mine Okubo is seated in the right foreground holding her nose.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 167. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 167. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 167.

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 175 of book.

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