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Setsuko Kirita

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

Setsuko Kirita
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H: 9.5 in, W: 6 in

Denson, Ark., 1943-1944


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


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

Portrait of a woman, Setsuko Kirita, and a sketch of three men in suits in blue ink.
Top portrait sketch of Setsuko Kirita depicting a a long-lashed woman wearing a hat atop bobbed curly hair and wide lapeled jacket over shirt. Visible from the shoulders up.
Bottom sketch of three men in suits and hats standing with their backs to viewer.
Drawing 97.106.2EC on recto of 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 on top image, bottom: Setsuko Kirita.

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