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[Kato Isoo, 66, 7-28-42]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Kato Isoo, 66, 7-28-42]
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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 4.125 x 3 in., right image 4.125 x 3 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Isoo Kato and Shuji Kimura, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on July 28, 1942. Both drawings have double black line borders.
Left portrait of Isoo Kato, 66 year-old of Kealakekua, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Kato is dressed in a button-down shirt with top button buttoned. He has a crewcut and looks to the right of viewer. Vertical striped background. Visible from shoulders up.
Right portrait of Shuji Kimura, principal of Honomu Japanese language school in Honomu, Hawaii, originally from Fukui, Japan. Dressed in a checked button-down shirt and glasses, Kimura looks to the left of viewer. He has a mustache, glasses, and hair parted on proper left. Vertical striped background. 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: 7-28-42. Written in black ink to left of left image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Konogun Ryokemura aza Kamiryoke / Hawai to Kona Kearakekua Yukan 66 / Kato Isoo. Written in black in on right image: 7-28-42. Written in black ink left of right image (In Japanese): Fukuiken Nauchobun Takeumachi Naniwa / Hawai to Honomu Nihongo Gakkko cho / Kimura Shuji. Written in pencil below right image: Copy. Written in pencil, bottom left corner: 117.

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