[Santa Ana, Calif., 11/14/45]
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Santa Ana, Calif.,
Nov. 14, 1945
Gift of June Hoshida Honma, Sandra Hoshida and Carole Hoshida Kanada
1 drawing on paper : ink ; 6 x 9.5 in.
Ink drawing of a woman seated on a bed within a barracks at Santa Ana Air Force Base, Santa Ana, California on November 14, 1945. The woman is seated with her back to the viewer, leaning on her left arm as she turns left to look down at child laying on bed next to her. The woman's hair is curly and above her shoulders. Her right hand extends toward the covered child, whose tousled head is visible next to a baby bottle. A bench is located in the center of the room. A man lays on his stomache on a bed on left side of barracks below clothes hanging on clothesline. Smokestack extends to ceiling. Open doorway in background reveals other barracks in distance.
Drawing 97.106.2FH 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 black ink, top right: 11/14/45 / Santa Ana, Calif.
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