Hawaii bunch anniversary, Jerome R.C., Blk 39, 2-12-44
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Gift of June Hoshida Honma, Sandra Hoshida and Carole Hoshida Kanada
2 drawings on paper (1 sheet) : ink ; 9.5 x 6 in.
Ink sketches of two women dancing the hula and of an announcer and a curtain puller at the anniversary of people from Hawaii at Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas on February 12, 1944.
Top sketch of two Hula dancers in skirts, Miss Kuwahara on left. Both women have arms outstretched in front of them as they face right. Four musical notes dance in the air between them. The woman on the right has a flower in her upswept hair.
Bottom sketch of a man, the announcer, standing in profile at a microphone while another man, Mr. Arakawa, sits with his back to viewer next to the stage curtain.
Drawing 97.106.2EL 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: Hawaii Bunch Anniversary [underlined] / Jerome R.C. [underlined] / Blk 39 | 2-12-44. Written in blue ink below top image: Miss Kawahara Hula [underlined]. Written in blue ink on bottom image: Announcer | Mr. Arakawa [underlined] / Curtain [underlined]. Written in pencil, bottom left corner: 80.
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