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[On canal dike Camp 1, 12-5-44]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[On canal dike Camp 1, 12-5-44]
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H: 9.5 in, W: 6 in

Rivers, Ariz., Dec. 5, 1944


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


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 4.5 x 6 in., on sheet 9.5 x 6 in.

Ink rough sketch of six people standing with backs to viewer on a canal dike at Camp 1 of Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona on December 5, 1944. In foreground, two little girls, Sandra and Carole, stand next to one adult, Mrs. Tsukamoto. They stand behind three adults, Mr. and Mrs. Komai and Tamae, at midground. Canal runs on right. Mountains in background.
Drawing 97.106.2FA 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 black ink, top left: 12-5-44. Written in black ink on image, back row (left to right): Mr. Komai / Mrs., Tamae. Written in black ink on image, front row (left to right): Sandra, Carole, Mrs. Tsukamoto. Written in black ink below image: On Canal Dike Camp 1.

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