Harvesting potatoes at farm near Berne, Switzerland, 1939

Miné Okubo1942-1944

Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A woman with flipped forelock of hair and tiny beret, Mine Okubo, kneels on the ground gathering potatoes as a French man and woman harvest the potatoes with rakes on a farm near Berne, Switzerland before the United States entered World War II. Mine wears a cross-patterned shirt and a floral half apron over pants in the foreground. Two bags of potatoes sit on ground at left. The French couple work behind her at midground, the man's face is covered by his cap. A fence and hill are visible in the background.


  • Title: Harvesting potatoes at farm near Berne, Switzerland, 1939
  • Creator: Mine Okubo
  • Creator Lifespan: 1912-2001
  • Date Created: 1942-1944
  • Location Created: Topaz (Central Utah)
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 10 in, W: 14.5 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, 2007.62.8)
  • 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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