‘Children of the Camps: Objects, Detention, and Displacement’


From left: Eric Lee, Ibuki Hibi Lee, Art Sugiyama and daughters Karen and Diane in Sacramento.


SAN FRANCISCO — Memories of childhood are embedded in toys and objects from our past. But what stories lie within the items of children who were detained or displaced?

Nancy Ukai, project director of 50 Objects, a digital project that explores the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans through artifacts and stories, will talk about a doll, a toy tank and a pair of Mickey Mouse geta on Sunday, April 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Presidio of San Francisco

Two of the toys are displayed in the “Then They Came For Me” exhibition. In addition, she will show film clips of a recent Japanese American pilgrimage to south Texas that took 25,000 paper cranes to the fence of a detention facility to protest the separation of families and the confinement of women and children.

This program is held in conjunction with “Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties,” a special multimedia exhibit featuring imagery by noted photographers commissioned by the U.S. government’s War Relocation Authority, including Dorothea Lange and Clem Albers, along with photographers Ansel Adams, Toyo Miyatake and Paul Kitagaki, Jr.

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