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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 (01:17) shows the Tatsuno family leaving Topaz in May, 1945; camp buildings; views of the camp from the car as it leaves; entering Delta, Utah; an unidentified Caucasian woman holds baby Arlene Tatsuno; two unidentified Caucasian men; the Tatsuno family poses with Caucasian friends in Salt Lake City.

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 8:55 a.m.


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