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Interior of Mine and Toku's barrack, Central Utah Relocation Project, Topaz, Utah, 1942

Miné Okubo1942-1944

Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A woman, Mine Okubo, stands in profile in the left foreground of the room she shares with her brother Toku and a college student they met at camp. Two blankets stamped with "U.S.", partition Mine's area. One of the men is lying down in his cot while the other sits and reads in his. At the foot of his cot, rests a sack with the number 13660. A small bookcase is placed against the wall at the head of the cots. Trunks, wooden crates, shoes, books, a cooking pot and cans are scattered about the room. The two north facing windows look out onto another barrack and electric poles.

Details

  • Title: Interior of Mine and Toku's barrack, Central Utah Relocation Project, Topaz, Utah, 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: ink, paper
  • Credit Line: Japanese American National Museum (Gift of Mine Okubo Estate, 2007.62.132)
  • 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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