Lordsburg

Hoshida was sent from Hawai'i to the mainland by ship in 1942. First he traveled to Fort Sam Houston in Texas where he was encarcerated for a short period of time. From Fort Sam Houston he was sent by train to Lordsburg, New Mexico, a Justice Department camp. The Justice Department camps were made up of men who were labled suspicious simply because of their leadership in the community. Hoshida was considered dangerous because of his associations with the Buddhist temple and his interest in Judo.
The isolation from family and community and future uncertainty made life difficult for the Japanese American inmates at Lordsburg. There is a Japanese cultural concept termed shikatanagai that loosely translated means "it cannot be hel ped, endure." Many of the incarcerated embodied this concept. Hoshida feverishly made drawings, others organized activities within the camp. One series of sketches by Hoshida depicts scenes from an amateur show produced by the inmates. While the sketches suggest frivolity and fun, it is important to remember the actual conditions of the inmates: separation from family, false charges of disloyalty, and incarceration without due process.
Hoshida was especially concerned about his wife Tamae and wrote to her almost every day. The forced seperation lasted for nearly two years. Shortly after Hoshida's departure to Kilauea Military Camp, Tamea discovered she was pregnant with t heir fourth child. Life was just as difficult for Tamae, who was left to raise their daughters alone.

Artwork

 

 

Lordsburg I.C. North-East View
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My Bed at Ft. Sam Houston
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'Amateur' Show
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'Amatuer' Show
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Letters