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Open Books Open Minds - When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

The RIC Open Books--Open Minds common book for 2011/2012.


The art of gaman : arts and crafts from the Japanese American internment camps, 1942-1946 / Delphine Hirasuna ; designed by Kit Hinrichs ; photography by Terry Heffernan  Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed Press, c2005    NK839.3.J32 H57 2005 

Artist Estelle Ishigo, the European American wife of a Japanese American, was among the American citizens forced out of California during World War II. Ishigo and her husband, Arthur, were first sent to Pomona Assembly Center and later to Heart Mountain Relocation Center, in a remote area of Wyoming.



Lone Heart Mountain, Sept.1942            Boys with Kite,  Sept. 1944

By Estelle Ishigo

     It was very hard to know what to put in that duffel bag, to decide what to take, there was no way of knowing what might happen – what we really might need – “one hundred pounds of baggage” -- read the order.

     Our furniture was stacked in the corner for men from the government warehouse to take away. Home was gone.

     Hollow echos, impersonal and cold, answered our footsteps, slowly, with heavy heart we lifted our bundles, left the door to walk away to that ordered meeting place.  read more


“State of the City” by Taro Katayama Trek. 1(1)  December 1942, p. 2-11

 Christmas week, 1942, finds the city of Topaz nearing the middle of its fourth month of existence as a functioning social entity. The estate to which in that period of time the Central Utah Relocation Project has attained is the focus of the present article’s inquiry.   read more

Memoirs, Letters, Diaries

Photographs by Ansel Adams

  • Title: School children, Manzanar Relocation Center, California / photograph by Ansel Adams.
  • Creator(s): Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984, photographer
  • Date Created/Published: [1943]