For 11 years I have been researching, photographing and interviewing the subjects I of the War Relocation Authority photographers, Dorothea Lange, Clem Albers and Tom Parker were some who documented the forced removal of 120,000 ethnic Japanese Americans, 2/3 who were American citizens from the west coast of the United States during WWII. “Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit Triumphing over Adversity Japanese American Incarceration Reflections Then and Now” is my traveling exhibition in museums.
Gladys Matsumoto Katsuki, 85, was incarcerated with her family at Amache War Relocation Center in Colorado after they left Manzanar. After the war, she moved to Chicago and met her husband.
Her parent’s crops were in full production, and they had to walk away from their life when they left for the camps. As she grew up, Gladys’ parents didn’t talk about their financial loss and war experience. They said, “Shikata ga nai – It can’t be helped.” My traveling exhibition is “Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit: Triumphing over Adversity Japanese American WWII Incarceration Reflections, Then and Now”
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