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[Hata Yoichi]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Hata Yoichi]
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Lordsburg, N.M., 1942-1943


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


2 drawing on paper, lined and laminated (1 sheet) : ink ; left image 4 x 3 in., right image 4 x 3 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Yoichi Hata and S. Hashibe, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico. Both drawings have double line borders.
Left portrait of Yoichi Hata, wholesaler of Hilo, Hawaii originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Hata is dressed in a button-down shirt over another shirt. His eyes are downcast. He has a small mustache, short bangs and lined face. Visible from the shoulders up.
Right portrait of S. Hashibe, principal of a Honolulu Japanese language school, originally from Yamaguchi, Japan. Hashibe is shirtless and has a receding hairline. His brow is lined. He looks to the left of viewer.

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 to left of left image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Ansagun(?) / Yamamotomura Hata Yoichi. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Yamaguchiken Oshimagun Morinomura oaza meiri / Hawai Honorurushi Kyoritsu Nihongo gakko cho / 52 sai / [unreadable]. Written in pencil below left image: B4 7-29. Written in pencil below right image: B7 7-30. Written in pencil, top left corner: 125.

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