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[Thomas Abe and families with adoptees from Japan, California, April 19, 1966]

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[Thomas Abe and families with adoptees from Japan, California, April 19, 1966]
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photograph | negative

California, April 19, 1966


Photograph by Toyo Miyatake Studio, Gift of the Alan Miyatake Family


1 photographic print : b&w; ; 5 x 7 in.

1 negative : b&w; ; 4 x 5 in.

Published in Rafu Shimpo, April 19, 1966, Japanese section.

Lawyer Thomas Abe sits with two families with adoptees whom he brought from Japan, California, April 19, 1966. A smiling older man in goatee, eyeglasses and plaid jacket sits in center smiling as one couple sits with a little girl with doll at left and another couple sits with infant at right. A boy plays with toys on the ground in foregound. A smiling man in jacket over plaid shirt stands in back. They are identified (left to right): Mr. and Mrs. Onodera, Ume (3 years old), John Emuto (standing), Abe, Mr. and Mrs. Fukushima holding Mayumi (7 months) and Ken (2.5 years old) (on floor).

Typed on original envelope: Abe Fukushima -- Adoption of Children.

The Elizabeth Sanders Home in Japan was founded by Miki Sawada to save Hapa children in World War II. Thomas Abe brought over 500 Japanese children to be adopted by parents in the United States.

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