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Hoshida, George [ bio ]

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H: 9.5 in, W: 6 in

United States, 1943-44


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


3 drawings on paper (1 sheet) : ink ; 9.5 x 6 in.

Ink portraits of two men and a sketch of a group of five people identified by inscription. Thin horizontal black line at center.
Top left portrait of a man in a cap and glasses. His eyes are not visible Visible from chest up.
Top right portrait of a man seated with legs drawn up, proper left hand on left shin. He is smiling and wears a gents cap.
Bottom sketch of four people seated (left to right), Kuwahara, Arakawa, Sugita, and Kurata, and one man, Ageno, standing. Kuwahara wears a suit, glasses and mustache as he leans back on bench at right. Arakawa leans forward and rests chin on hand. Wearing glasses and slippers, mustached Sugita sits with legs crossed and faces viewer. Kurita wears glasses and sits in profile, leaning forward with elbows resting on knees. Ageno stands facing left at right with hands in pockets.
Drawing 97.106.2DX on verso of same sheet.

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 bottom image (left to right): Kuwahara, Arakawa, Sugita, Ageno.

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