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Isamu Noguchi( Asian American Art)


Monumental marble sculpture that represents a

direct reference to the heroic male figure from
ancient Greece. It is a conglomerate of
interconnected parts rather than single and
unified form and it seems that is has been
eviscerated( disemboweled).It questions the
viability(practicality) of a universal humanity
embodied in the ancient tradition and criticizes
the liberal ideals that forced the internment of
Japanese Americans.

Death (1934)

The purpose of Noguchi is to give an emotional,

sculptural form to the practice of lynching. It
was designed as a work of protest against

A disturbing piece of sculpture, yet poignant in

the manner in which the figure is displayed. This
is not the form of a man who has died, but is
approaching the finality of death as evidence by
the twisted contortions of his body.

It is as if a photograph had been taken at this

man's hanging, and at the exact moment the
bucket was kicked out from under him, his image
was frozen in time. With his arms, legs, and feet
point inward, you can sense the intensity of his

The cold reality of this image is enhanced by

Noguchi's use of an actual rope. This sole figure,
suspended in time, struggles for one more breath
as his body writhes in pain. Finally, there is
nothing left but a misshapen effigy.
Hideo Date, “Again”

Mixture of a figure from Japanese mythology

and a cross (WASP). This bears a comment on
multiculturalism which means crucifying(
mistreating and torturing) the Japanese
Americans. It represents a dream like

A barechested man with long unbound hair

carries a large, yellow cross. His lower body
clothed in red and grey hued wrap. A reddish
mist surrounds him as he stands among green
plants with small grey-white flowers. In the
background, an angel in grey with lavender belt
and green wings embraces another angel in red
with and orange belt and green wings at lower
right; behind them appear blue clouds and brown
and green mountains in the distance.

Hideo Date,“Cathleen”

Exaggeration of colors ( green face to imply

estrangement + orange hair) these unrealistic
colors connote the arbitrariness of race and the
artificial constructs of race which do not
correspond to the real features.
“Barracks”chizuki judysugita de queiroz

Panoramic picture of the camp where the artist

spent her childhood enduring harsh living
conditions namely, overcrowdedness, absence
of intimacy and poor housing conditions.

Electricity poles bear an ironic comment on a

component related to WASP which is religion to
connote the hypocrisy of christain claims and
the discrepancy between what the religious
white discourse states in theory and what it
does in practice. She is satirizing the double
standards of mainstream culture.

Chizuko Judy Sugita de Queiroz was nine years

old when her family was forced to sell their home
in Orange County, CA in order to report to
internment in Poston, AZ. Her dad sold his
bonsai nursery to Walter Knott, of Knott's Berry
Farm, with an agreement that he could buy it
back after the war. When they returned in 1946,
Walter Knott failed to honor his contract. Her
dad lost all of the stock to his business, and their
personal possessions had been stolen.

“I am a American- a good American” Chizuko

Judy Sugita de Queiroz

The title emphasizes the neglected truth of

Americanness of the Japanese immigrants

The girl is adopting a submissive attitude

standing behind the barbed wire made more
visible by the unrealistic use of purple and
varieties of orange. The wire is the material
expression of the “perpetual foreigner” and
stands for the exclusion of Japanese Americans.
This work of art lays bare the absurdity of the
norms implemented by mainstream America.
“We are Americans”

Halt, Chizuki Judy

It represents a Japanese prisoner trying to move

away from the barbed wire but the prisoner
doesn’t know English; he pays his life for that
ignorance. This is one of the frequent incidents
that happened in the camp.

Henry Sugimoto,Thinking About

On left, Jesus Christ bears cross on left shoulder
as he passes behind a Japanese American man
who bends under the weight of a block of dark
images of camp, a watchtower and a mess hall,
on right. Christ is in white-blue with a halo. The
other man is in white short sleeves. In the
foreground, a stalk of wheat apears in lower left
corner, while a translucent open book floats
between Christ and the man in the center. In the
background, three white crosses stand on a hill,
visible through Christ's cross. Stretched and
Henry Sugimoto,Died in Battlefield


Stretched and framed. Wooden frame with gold

streaks showing through. Image of a U.S. Army
officer presenting a folded American flag for a
soldier killed in action to deceased's wife or
mother who is interned in a concentration camp
in the United States. At left, a Caucasian man in
tan uniform and white gloves bends down to
present folded triangle flag of white stars on blue
field to woman in white-trimmed black dress
with hat seated on wooden seat at right. A little
boy dressed in black and yellow striped shirt and
tan shorts stands between them. All eyes are
focused on the flag. A translucent bubble with an
image of the deceased soldier in uniform saluting
floats above the woman and boy. In the
background behind them, an American flag flies
in front of a mess hall next to a garden of giant
sunflowers. An old man bent with age walks with
a cane on a path between a barracks on left and
the mess hall on right toward the viewer. In the
distance a watchtower with a soldier on! duty is
visible above the barracks under a golden blue

Subject442nd Regimental Combat Team+

Concentration campsSoldiersWomenBoys
World War, 1939-1945CasualtiesSaluting
Aged persons

Going to School in a Rainy Day in the

Camp . Henry Sugimoto

Description A little girl in a red cape

with hood and white boots walks under
a green umbrella in the rain to school.
She carries a brown bag in her right
hand. There is brown grass off the path
and logs in front of a barracks on the
lower right. A watchtower is visible
behind it. Brown trees provide a
backdrop under a grey sky.
Attacked Pearl Harbor

Family reacting to news of Pearl Harbor attack.

Older man, with back to the viewer, sits at table
bent over a newspaper reading about the
Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor. He wears a
brown jacket and glasses and has his left hand
on the back of his head. A woman in green with
white collar faces him across the red/white
checked tablecloth. In the background a younger
man sits at a desk next to a lamp before a
window, with his back to the viewer, and listens
to the radio with his left hand on the back of his
head. He wears a white sweater with two purple
stripes at the biceps.

Fortes, « headhunters »
John Fortes, obedience

John Fortes, western

Dwarfs(pygmy, midget

in fairy tales and folklore, a small creature with a

mainly human appearance, associated with
mountains, mines, and buried treasures. Fictional
dwarves were often believed to have magic powers
and to be sometimes malevolent.
men, race, cultural heritage
No Japs Allowed, chizuki judy

Good bye to Freedom

Family portrait in Arizona desert

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