Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Japanese American women by Hideo Date 1907-2004

There are many immigration stories in the USA.  During the opening months of World War II, almost 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of them citizens of the United States, were forced out of their homes and into detention camps established by the U.S. government. Many would spend the next three years living under armed guard, behind barbed wire.

Hideo Date (Japanese American, 1907-2004) 1930s

Hideo Date (1907-2004) was born in Osaka, Japan & immigrated to California in 1923. He enrolled at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, but left after a year to pursue the study of traditional brush painting in Japan. Returning to Los Angeles, he spent the 1930s immersed in the burgeoning Los Angeles art scene. He exhibited at the College Art Association, the Foundation of Western Art, the Los Angeles Oriental Artists Group, & the Los Angeles Art Association. With the outbreak of World War II, Date was first detained at the Santa Anita Race Track, California, & then sent to Heart Mountain concentration camp in Wyoming, where he privately taught art to other Japanese American inmates. He went to New York City after the war & continued to involve himself with other artists & associations. He traveled extensively from his New York City base to New Orleans & back to Los Angeles, & also to Italy & France.

Hideo Date (Japanese American, 1907-2004) Aida 1930s

Hideo Date (Japanese American, 1907-2004) c 1930s

Hideo Date (Japanese American, 1907-2004) Cathleen 1930s

Hideo Date (Japanese American, 1907-2004) Dream 1948

Hideo Date (Japanese American, 1907-2004) Frieda 1930s

Hideo Date (Japanese American, 1907-2004) Mary Campbell 1930s

Hideo Date (Japanese American, 1907-2004) Nostalgia 1930s

Hideo Date (Japanese American, 1907-2004) Nostalgia 1930s

Copyright for these images is held by the Japanese American National Museum. Please contact the Hirasaki National Resource Center at the Japanese American National Museum .