Returning home for curfew, Berkeley, California, 1942

Miné Okubo1942-1944

Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A woman dressed in an overcoat and carrying a handbag, Mine Okubo, looks to the her right as she walks along a wooden pathway leading to the steps of her house. She is rushing home in order to make the 8 p.m to 6 a.m. curfew established on March 24, 1942 by Public Proclamation No. 3. In the left midground, a policeman, wearing a cap and holding a baton, stands next to a street lamp with his back to the viewer. Houses line the curving street in the background.


  • Title: Returning home for curfew, Berkeley, California, 1942
  • Creator: Mine Okubo
  • Creator Lifespan: 1912-2001
  • Date Created: 1942-1944
  • Location Created: Topaz (Central Utah)
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 9.5 in, W: 13.5 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, 2007.62.16)
  • 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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