Families preparing for evacuation, Berkeley, California, 1942

Miné Okubo1942-1944

Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A Japanese American family tries on boots and hats in preparation for the mass "evacuation" to concentration camps in the interior United States during World War II. The father wears a sombrero as he sits on a bench looking at a boot while a balding shoe salesman kneels on the ground holding his proper right foot in his lap. A little girl sits to the right trying on a small sombrero. A woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, looks over her shoulder at top right, observing the family. The mother sits to the left of the father, her face obscured by the hands of the infant in her arms. A pail full of packages sits atop a bedroll on the bench at far left; packages sit on the ground, right.


  • Title: Families preparing for evacuation, Berkeley, California, 1942
  • Creator: Mine Okubo
  • Creator Lifespan: 1912-2001
  • Date Created: 1942-1944
  • Location Created: Topaz (Central Utah)
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Japanese American National Museum. For licensing and reuse, contact JANM.
  • External Link: Mine Okubo Collection
  • Medium: paper, ink
  • Credit Line: Japanese American National Museum (Gift of Mine Okubo Estate, 2007.62.17)
  • Context: This is one of 198 ink drawings Mine Okubo included in Citizen 13660, her graphic memoir, which was the first of its kind and captured her experience at Tanforan and Topaz, during the two years in which she was incarcerated.

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