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[Superintendant Yamashita]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Superintendant Yamashita]
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H: 9.5 in, W: 6 in

Rivers, Ariz., Oct. 26, 1944


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


1 drawing on paper, lined : pencil, ink ; 5.125 x 4 in., on sheet 9.5 x 6 in.

Pencil and ink portrait sketch of a man, Superintendent Yamashita, on a sheet of paper glued to lined sheet. Yamashita is dressed in a brimless cook's hat and glasses at Jerome Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona on October 26, 1944. There are two straps on his shoulders of what appears to be an apron. He has a smiling contenance and looks to the right of viewer.
Drawing 97.106.2EX 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 pencil on image, bottom: Yamash [unreadable]. Written in black ink over pencil on image, bottom: 10/26/44. Written in pencil, bottom left corner: 90.

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