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Mama sewing, Jerome R.C., 3-4-44, 4:20 PM

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

Mama sewing, Jerome R.C., 3-4-44, 4:20 PM
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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


1 drawing on paper : ink ; 9.5 x 6 in.

Ink drawing of a woman, Mama, sewing at Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas on March 4, 1944, 4:20 PM. Seated on a cloth covered chair with her back to the viewer, Mama is dressed in a dark top and her hair is pulled back in a roll around her head. Her left foot is visible. The sewing machine sits on a table with drawers and is partially visible on the right. Six framed pictures and stacked books or papers are located on shelves in background. Lines indicate wooden floor.

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, bottom: Mama Sewing Jerome R.C. [underlined] / 3-4-44 4:20 PM.

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