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3-8-44, 8 PM, Block meeting, Jerome R.C.

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

3-8-44, 8 PM, Block meeting, Jerome R.C.
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H: 9.5 in, W: 6 in

Denson, Ark., 1944


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


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

Ink sketches of two scenes from a block meeting at Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas on March 8, 1944, 8 PM.
Top sketch of ten people seated at a long table with benches receding to the back right. Nine figures are seated on the back bench, while one man in a suit is seated with crossed legs on the front bench.
Bottom sketch of two figures sitting across from each other at a table, facing the viewer. The figure on the left leans on elbows against the table with chin in palms. The man on the right leans on his proper right arm
Drawing 97.106.2DW on recto 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, top left: 3-8-44 8 PM [underlined] / Block Meeting / Jerome R.C.

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