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[Abe Shungo, 56 sai, 8-3-42]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Abe Shungo, 56 sai, 8-3-42]
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 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., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Shungo Abe and Yoshitaka Fukuda, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on August 3, 1942. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Shungo Abe, 56 year-old legal office worker in Los Angeles, California, originally from Miyagi, Japan. Abe has a full beard, glasses and hair parted in middle. He is dressed in a button-down shirt and looks to the right of viewer. Visible from shoulders up.
Right portrait of Yoshitaka Fukuda, 44 year-old head of Kankokkyo north American mission in San Francisco, California, originally from Nara, Japan. Fukuda is dressed in button-down shirt and glasses. His eyes are downcast. He has a mustache and wavy receding hair. 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: 8-3-42. Written in black ink to left of left image (In Japanese): Miyagiken Momogun Nobirumura Nebiru 149 / Hokubei Gasshu Kokru Kashu Rosu Anzerushi Higashi 1 gai 244 / Hontsu jimu Abe Shungo / 56 sai. Written in pencil below left image: B6 8-3. Written in black ink on right image, bottom right corner: 8-3-42. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Naraken Yoshinogun Kamikitayamura Shirakawa 114 / Hokubei Gasshu Koku Kashu Soko Ushugai 1909 / Kankkokyo Hokubei Fukyo Kanri Shocho / Fukuda Yoshitaka 44 sai. Written in pencil below right image: B3 8-3. Written in pencil, top left corner: 133.

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