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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
mat board

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


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

A woman with filpped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, watches a "Caucasian" camp policeman spying on men playing cards at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Dressed in cross-patterned top, Mine peers around the corner of barracks at left to watch a man in hat with buckteeth bend over to look through a knothole. Two men, one smoking a cigarette, are visible throught a window at right playing cards.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 55. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 55. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 55.

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. | "Caucasian" was the camp term fro non-inmate workers. | Drawing is on page 60 of book.

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