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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 (01:39) shows the front page of the December 8, 1941 San Francisco Chronicle extra edition, announcing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; a handmade sign, "Evacuation Sale"; people carry trunks from the Tatsuno family's San Francisco department store, The Nichi Bei Bussan; someone holds a sign, "Utah", made of photo images; a child holds a copy of the Topaz high school yearbook, "'43 Ramblings"; the desert landscape surrounding the Topaz camp; camp buildings, including the co-op dry goods store that Tatsuno managed.

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 Dec 11 2019 2:27 p.m.


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