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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.75 in, W: 14.5 in

United States, 1942-1945


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.75 x 14.5 in.

A woman with a flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, stands amidst a large crowd gathered for the funeral of James Wakasa, an elderly resident who was shot and killed by a military guard. She turns to face the viewer and observes a weeping couple behind her. A wooden platform erected in front of a barrack holds the casket and memorial wreaths. Three parked cars and a basketball hoop are visible in the left midground.

An elaborate Easter program was prepared.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 171. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 171. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 171.

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 180 of book.

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