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[Shigeru Asada, Sake Eng.]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Shigeru Asada, Sake Eng.]
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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 drawings on paper, lined and laminated (1 sheet) : ink ; left image 4.125 x 3 in., right image 4.125 x 3 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Shigeru Asada and Minoru Nakano, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico. Both drawings have black double line borders.
Left portraif of Shigeru Asada, sake engineer of Hilo, Hawaii originally from Hirshima, Japan. Asada is a stocky man with double-chin in a button-down shirt. He faces viewer and looks downward.
Right portrait of Minoru Nakano of Honolulu originally from Fukuoka, Japan. Nakano has a mustache and wears a dark button-down shirt. He faces viewer and looks downward.

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 Kamogun Kigashishiwamura Yoneyama / Hawai to Hiroshi 1122 / Asada Shigeru. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Fukuokaken Ukihagun Kawanimura aza Maki / Honorurushi Waianae / Nakano Minoru. Written in pencil below left image: B4 7-29. Written in pencil below right image: B5 8-6. Written in pencil, top left corner: 136.

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