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American Propaganda

I’m always amazed by the resilience of the human spirit.

This weekend I came across this Library of Congress image of five women in a Japanese-American detention camp at the Tule Lake Relocation Center in California. It stopped me in my tracks, one because it’s a beautiful photo, and two because of the heartbreaking context it was taken in… for I wouldn’t know if I could be so resilient.Then again, images can be deceptive.

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15 comments for “American Propaganda”

  1. that is beautiful. definitely a dark chapter in history.

    Posted by Eileen | January 19, 2009, 11:58 am
  2. Wow. This is an amazing image, though ever so poignant. Thanks for sharing this.

    Posted by M. | January 19, 2009, 3:05 pm
  3. That’s beautiful, but I agree with you… It’s weird but again, beautiful, to be smiling in a detention camp.

    Posted by Renata | January 19, 2009, 4:44 pm
  4. Lovely shot, provokes much thought.

    Posted by Eyeliah | January 19, 2009, 5:24 pm
  5. Great post! Thanks for sharing.

    Posted by Michelle | January 19, 2009, 10:16 pm
  6. Great photograph! I guess they were the first bunch of Jap ladies who took off their kimonos for the western style of dress.

    Posted by Yuska | January 19, 2009, 11:27 pm
  7. [...] to look around at other images to inspire me… like yesterday’s post, the image of the Japanese American women struck a chord with me, then this morning Modern Lovers sent me a preview of their fall [...]

    Posted by This Modern Life | THE COVETED | January 20, 2009, 3:37 am
  8. thanks, i’m glad to hear the photo resonated with you as weell.

    ❤yuksa… the japanese have been immigrating to america for well over a centruy, so these women may have been born in japan, but not necessarily.

    Posted by jennine | January 20, 2009, 3:43 am
  9. Fascinating and beautiful x

    Posted by Frankie - Swell Vintage | January 20, 2009, 4:26 am
  10. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing it!

    Posted by szaza | January 20, 2009, 10:05 am
  11. Thanks for sharing this Jennine! It resonates immensely. The color of the sky reflects the times, and it contrasts amazingly with these resilient women’s happy smiles. Thanks so much!!

    Posted by violetville | January 20, 2009, 10:42 am
  12. I am thinking that Yushka was being sarcastic… at least hoping. And yes, images can be deceptive.

    Posted by Jenna | January 20, 2009, 2:44 pm
  13. They look young. My guess is that they were born in the US. Many of the young people interned were citizens by birth.

    Posted by DaisyFairbanks | January 20, 2009, 3:09 pm
  14. What an amazing, provoking find. That archive really is a wonderful thing.

    Posted by ambika | January 21, 2009, 9:31 am
  15. This is a beautiful, dark photo portrait into a really sad, shameful part of American history.

    Despite all that, the fact that these pretty Japanese-American girls still made an effort to look dignified (and fashionable!) during those harsh times is remarkable and uplifting. Love the blog, love the post.

    Posted by devlo | January 22, 2009, 4:24 pm

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