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Color silent amateur films by Dave Tatsuno (1913-2006), a businessman in the San Francisco Bay area. Composed largely of home movie clips, taken 1942-1945, of the environment the Japanese Americans lived in during World War II in forced exclusion at the Topaz concentration camp near Delta, Utah.

This segment shows the Tatsuno family on their return to San Francisco from Topaz, Utah, in May 1945; buildings in Salt Lake City; views from a moving train over the Great Salt Lake; Shojiro Tatsuno in a train compartment; landscapes; Tatsuno's sons Rodney (red shirt) and Sheldon (blue striped shirt) in a train compartment; rolling through a station [dark]; Alice Tatsuno holding baby Arlene; Shojiro and Rodney Tatsuno; a desert sunset; California farmlands (01:37).

Credits: Dave Tatsuno Collection, Gift of Dave Tatsuno, in Memory of Walter Honderick, Japanese American National Museum (91.74). Preserved and made accessible in part by a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

HNRC — Last modified Aug 25 2012 8:57 a.m.


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