Sunday, July 28, 2013

Art For Social Change: It Was Only 70 Years Ago

Act #209:  Let's not forget.

Yesterday's news release regarding the research of a forgotten Japanese internment camp, nestled deep in the mountains of northern Idaho inspired this week's Art for Social Change blog. A team of researchers from the University of Idaho has been working to uncover artifacts and art at the Kooskia Internment Camp, a little known internment camp, which operated from 1943 to the end of the war and held more than 250 detainees.  Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the U.S. government forcibly removed 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast from their homes and took them to desolate inland areas of the U.S.  This is a glimpse of their experiences.

Chiura Obata, Interned at Tanforan Assembly Center, Topaz Utah
Japanese American girl headed to internment camp, 1942
Mr. Toshima, Interned at Rohwer, Arkansas
Chizuko Judy Sugita de Queiroz collection, Interned at Poston, Arizona  
Dorothea Lange, photographer
Artist Unidentified, Interned at Heart Mountain, Wyoming

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