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Hoshida, George [ bio ]

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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


3 drawings on paper (1 sheet) : ink ; top image 5.125 x 6 in., bottom left image 4.375 x 3 in., right image 4.375 x 3 in., on sheet 9.5 x 6 in.

Ink sketches of four men performing, including Hino, Mr. Nakamura and Mr. Sugita, at the anniversary of people from Hawaii at Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas on February 12, 1944.
Top sketch of two men performing "Accordian" ; one man stands in front of a microphone facing right ; Hino is seated behind him facing the viewer playing an accordian.
Bottom left sketch of Mr. Nakamura standing in profile in front of a microphone facing right with hands on hips while performing "Shingin". He has a mustache. Legs not visible below knee.
Bottom right sketch of Mr. Sugita standing in profile facing right with hands clasped behind back narrating a story "Amano Rihei". He is dressed in a kimono and has glasses and a mustache.
Drawing 97.106.2ED 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 blue ink, top right: 2-12-44. Written in blue ink on top image (In Japanese): "Akodion". Written in blue ink on bottom left image (In Japanese): Shingin / Mr. Nakamura. Written in blue ink on bottom right image (In Jaanese and English): Rokyoku "Amanoya Rihei" Sugita / Mr. Sugita. Written in pencil, bottom left corner: 84.

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