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Mine and Toku sweep the stall, Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942

Miné Okubo1942-1944

Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A woman, Mine Okubo, covers her face as she kneels to clean the floor of the horse stall with a whisk broom while her brother, Toku, sits on bare spring cot shielding his face from dust in stable 50 at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Toku sits in profile with back to viewer in foreground right. Mine wears a cloth over her hair midground right. The room extends to the back left where cobweb hangs from corner and swinging half-door stands open. Open fourth wall exposes floorboards at left.

Details

  • Title: Mine and Toku sweep the stall, Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, 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, mat board
  • Credit Line: Japanese American National Museum (Gift of Mine Okubo Estate, 2007.62.38)
  • 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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