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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


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

Ink sketches of scenes from comedic Japanese play, "Joson danhi" or "Women respected, men disrespected," performed for anniversary of Hawaii people at Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas, depicting men bowing to women, doctor attending someone in a sickbed and a portrait of doctor.
Top skech of two women in kimono looking down at two men bowing deeply before them with backs to viewer.
Bottom left sketch of two men, Yoshihara and M. Sugita, standing with backs to viewer. Sugita, the taller man, wears a hat.
Bottom middle sketch of a woman bending over a person prostrate in bed as two men look on. Man on left has a mustache and glasses. All face away from the viewer.
Bottom right portrait of doctor, visible from chest up. He has a mustache, glasses and a smiling contenance. He has a stethoscope in his ears.
Drawing 97.106.2I 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 blue ink below bottom left image: Yoshihara | M Sugita.

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