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Hoshida, George [ bio ]

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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


6 drawings on paper (1 sheet) : ink ; bottom left drawing 5 x 3.75 in., on sheet 9.5 x 6 in.

Ink rough portrait sketches of four women in various poses and a man, and a sketch of a man, Ida, performing at talent show, which is separated from other sketches by a blue line border.
Top left portrait of a woman seated facing viewer dressed in dark clothes. He hair is short and parted on the proper left. Her feet are not visible.
Top middle portrait of a woman dressed in what appears to be a suit facing viewer. She has curling hair parted on the proper right. Visible from waist up.
Top right portrait of an older woman turned to the left, looking to the left. Her hair is pulled back in a bun at the base of her neck. Her mouth is downturned and she has a double-chin. Visible from shoulders up.
Middle right portrait of a woman in profile with long hair and glasses. Visible from shoulders up.
Bottom right sketch of a man in a suit facing viewer. He wears glasses. Features are indistinct. Visible from waist up.
Bottom left sketch of a man, Ida, a sudden entry in the talent show performing a famous story of the Japan-Russo War about three soldiers carrying a bomb and attacking the enemy. Ida stands in profile facing right at a podium speaking into a microphone. Dressed in a kimono, he rests his right hand on the podium. He has a mustache and glasses. Visible from hip up.
Drawing 97.106.2EH 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 on bottom left image, left (In Japanese): (Tobiri) / Rokyoku "Nikudan Sanyushi."

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