[Portraits, 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
2 drawings on paper (1 sheet) : ink ; 9.5 x 6 in.
Ink drawings of two men and a portrait of a woman at Santa Ana Air Force Base, Santa Ana, California on November 14, 1945.
Top drawing of two men seated with their backs to the viewer. The man on the left, Buster Kawamura, wears a military hat and uniform with patch on left arm ; left ear is visible. The man on the right faces left in profile ; he has glasses.
Bottom full portrait of a woman seated on edge of a bed with her arms crossed. She sits in profile facing left, turning away from viewer so that her features are not visible. Feet not visible.
Drawing 97.106.2FG 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 right: 11/14/45 / Santa Ana / Calif. Written in black ink below top image: Buster Kawamura. Written in black ink on bottom image, bottom right: Mrs. Niimi.
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