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[Kaneshiro Chinei, 43 sai, 9-1-42]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Kaneshiro Chinei, 43 sai, 9-1-42]
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H: 6 in, W: 6.5 in

Lordsburg, N.M., 1942


Gift of June Hoshida Honma, Sandra Hoshida and Carole Hoshida Kanada


2 drawings on paper, lined and laminated (1 sheet) : ink ; left image 3.875 x 2.75 in., right image 3.875 x 2.75 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Chinei Kaneshiro and Sato Eita, in Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on September 1, 1942 and August 6, 1942, respectively. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Chinei Kaneshiro, 43 year-old who worked at newspaper agency on Hanapepe, Kauai, Hawaii, originally from Okinawa. Kaneshiro looks directly at viewer and is dressed in a button-down shirt. He has a very small mustache and a receding hairline. Visible from shoulders up.
Right portrait of Eita Sato, 50 year-old barber of Honolulu, Hawaii, originally from Niigata, Japan. Turned three-quarters view facing left, Sato wears glasses and dark button-down shirt. He has a mustache and his hair is parted on his proper left. Visible from shoulders up.

Hoshida was one of the seven to nine hundred Japanese Americans in Hawaii who were incarcerated in Justice Department internment camps. He was acutely aware of the importance of recording his experiences through the pen and ink drawings and watercolors he made during his incarceration in five different locations. While Hoshida did not attempt to make any overt commentary on the interment, his drawings and sketches provide a continuous and detailed account of daily activities and his long journey from Hilo, Hawaii, to the desert of Arizona.

Written in black ink on left image, bottom right corner: 9-1-42. Written in black ink on right image, bottom right corner: 8-6-42. Written in black ink to left of left image (In Japanese and English): Okinawaken Nahashi Nishimotomachi 2-32 banchi / P.O. Box 278, Hanapepe, Kauai, Hawaii / Shinbungyo Kaneshiro Chinei / 43 sai. Written in pencil below left image: B7. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese and English): Niigataken Kitakambaaragun [Kanezukamura] / 136 KaLoko Lane HoNoLuLu / Tokoyagyo Sato Eita / 50 sai. Written in pencil belowr right image: B5 8-6. Written in pencil, top left corner: 144.

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