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The Legacy of “Farewell to Manzanar”

Sigrid Hudson

“We never mentioned camp.”For nearly twenty-five years after the end of World War II, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston—and many other Japanese Americans imprisoned in concentration camps during the war—never spoke to others about her experiences as a child behind barbed wire at Manzanar.

A Place Where Sunflowers Grow: A Granddaughter’s Tribute to Artist Hisako Hibi

Sigrid Hudson

As the granddaughter of prominent Japanese American painter Hisako Hibi, Amy Lee-Tai was exposed to art at an early age—and it was through her grandmother’s paintings that Amy first learned of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Amy’s first book, A Place Where Sunflowers Grow, was inspired by …

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The Art of Gaman: Enduring the Seemingly Unbearable with Patience and Dignity

Sigrid Hudson

Looking through the pages of Delphine Hirasuna’s The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps 1942-1946, one is struck by the beauty and craftsmanship of the selected pieces. However, it is more than just the aesthetic quality that shines through. It is the amazing resourcefulness …

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