The View from Within: The Japanese American Art from the Internment Camp, 1942 - 1945 (1992)

View From Within

Editor: Karin M. Higa

Paperback: Out of Print.
ISBN-10: 0-934052-21-2
ISBN-13: 978-0934052214

Product Details: 100 pages, 9.2 x 8.4 inches

Categories: Arts & Culture; Asian American Studies; Civil Rights; History; Internment; Japanese; War and Peace Issues

Co-published with Japanese American National Museum and the UCLA Wright Art Gallery


Distributed by University of Washington Press



This book was published in conjunction with the exhibition organized by the Japanese American National Museum, UCLA Wight Art Gallery, and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center at the Wight Art Gallery, which showed in 1992 to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Japanese American Internment. It was the first-ever national exhibition of paintings and other works of art produced by Japanese Americans during one of the darkest chapters in American history.


The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue captured the response to this national tragedy in a unique and profoundly moving manner by showcasing works of art, which have rarely, if ever, been viewed publicly during the many decades since they were created.


Artists featured include: Heizo Fukuhara; Henry Fukuhara; Taneyuki Dan Harada; Masamori Hashimoto; Shunichi Hashioka; George Mastsusaburo Hibi; Hisako Hibi; Hiroshi Honda; George Hoshida; Eddie Y. Imazu; Estelle Ishigo; Frank Kadowaki; Chikaji Kawakami; Hideo Kobashigawa; Masao Kondo; Charles Erabu (Suiko) Mikami; Toyo Miyatake; Jishiro Miyauchi; Seizo Murata; Dan T. Nishikawa; Kenjiro Nomura; Chiura Obata; Mine Okubo; Katsuichi Satow; Yutaka Shinohara; Henry Sugimoto; Kango Takamura; Kamekichi Tokita; Kakunen Tsuruoka; Byron Takashi Tsuzuki; Toki Ueyama; Sadayuki Uno; Yoshiko Yamanouchi; Jack Yamasaki; and Harry Yoshizumi.



"Well, they say all life is terminal. But each of us wants to leave a stone that says, "I have been here." An artist suspends a moment of his inner life - a fleeting moment of passion and longing in life and puts it on a canvas for us."


Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Lenders to the Exhibition
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • The View from Within, Karen M. Higa
  • Behind Barbed Wire, Lane Ryo Hirabayashi and James A. Hirabayashi
  • Internment Chronology, Brian Niya
  • Poston, Arizona: A Personal memory, Wakako Yamauchi
  • Color Plates
  • Checklist of the Exhibition
  • Biographies of the Artists
  • Staff


Related Press Publications

Amerasia Journal 13:2 Japanese Americans in the 1930s and 1940s (1986-7).
Amerasia Journal 19:1 Japanese American Internment: Fiftieth Anniversary Commemorative Issue (1993).
Conrat, Maisie & Richard (1992). Executive Order 9066.
Herzig-Yoshinaga, Aiko & Lee, Marjorie (2011). Speaking Out for Personal Justice: Site Summaries of Testimonies and Witnesses Registry from the U.S. Commission on Wartime Relocation & Internment of Civilians Hearings (CWRIC), 1981.
Ichioka, Yuji et al. (1974). A Buried Past: An Annotated Bibliography of the Japanese American Research Project Collection
Ichioka, Yuji & Aizuma, Eiichiro (1999). A Buried Past II: A Sequel to the Annotated Bibliography of the Japanese American Research Project Collection, 1973-1998 (1999).
Kochiyama, Yuri (2004). Passing It On: A Memoir.
Sakata, Yasuo (1992). Fading Footsteps of the Issei: An Annotated Checklist of the Manuscript Holdings of the Japanese American Research Project Collection.