Tule Lake Reproduction Print
Tulean Characters by Dick Toshiki Hamaoka, ca. 1940s
Marvin Opler, an anthropologist who studied Japanese American community life at Tule Lake concentration camp, hired Dick Toshiki Hamaoka to document scenes from camp life. The resulting drawings and paintings reflect the artist’s particular perspectives as a young Kibei Nisei.
These amusing caricatures from left to right are labeled, "Kibei Boy", "Nisei Boy" (wearing the ubiquitous, navy surplus pea coat), "Hoshidan Kid" (Hoshidan was a pro-Japanese group in Tule Lake), "Nisei" (with sideburns and aviator shades), "Issei Obasan", "Issei Artist" (undoubtably a self-portrait). This painting, which delineates the different types of people incarcerated at Tule Lake, is possibly among the last works created by Hamaoka before he repatriated to Japan.
This print is digitally reproduced with archival inks on quality watercolor stock. It is matted and suitable for framing. The matted size is 11" x 14".
Gift of Charlotte Opler Sagoff (2002.142.6)