There is a great video and oral history about Joe Yamada, who was sent away to camp in 1942 – and upon his return he became a very well respected landscape architect here in San Diego. Please click on this link. Joe is also a long time golf buddy of my Dad’s.
Ruth Asawa is an American artist, who is nationally recognized for her wire sculpture, public commissions, and her activism in education and the arts. On this website, you can learn about her life, her work, and her development as an artist.
When Ruth was 16, she and her family were interned along with 120,000 other people of Japanese ancestry who lived along the West Coast of the United States. For many, the upheaval of losing everything, most importantly their right to freedom and a private, family life, caused irreparable harm. For Ruth, the internment was the first step on a journey to a world of art that profoundly changed who she was and what she thought was possible in life.
Unlike other politicians of the time, Colorado Governor Ralph L. Carr welcomed the Japanese-American internees into his state, embracing them as citizens who deserved dignified and just treatment during their incarceration.