Books

A collection of titles largely about the internment experience, but with a few rare items.  One example is the Rafu Shimpo 1940-1941 Directory, which lists names and addresses of early Japanese in Los Angeles County with many photographs of Peninsula farms and families. Others are the 1943 and ’44 editions of the Poston II High School yearbook El Chaparral, which contain the typical photos inscribed with classmate good wishes.

Three of a series of books about the separate internment camps cover Manzanar (CA), Poston (AZ), and Tule Lake (CA.) The camp experience becomes an art form in the sharp photos of Ansel Adams’ Manzanar, while Chizuko Sugita de Queiroz uses simple but vivid watercolors in Camp Days, 1942-1945, to convey memories of her childhood in the same camp.  The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps 1942-1946, by D. Hirasuna, showcases museum quality craft objects created by a people seeking beauty in their drab and difficult surroundings.

Closer to home the Red Lacquer Bridge, by M. Shelton, tells the history of Terminal Island and its elementary school, including the music and directions for songs and dances the children learned, as well as notes about the teachers.