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Every February marks the anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Art was created by Japanese-American artists in the World War II internment camps.

Every February marks the anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Art was created by Japanese-American artists in the World War II internment camps. Many internees created arts and crafts as a way of coping with their confinement.


San Francisco-based author Delphine Hirasuna gathered many of these art objects created in the camps and created a book and a traveling exhibition entitled The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese Internment Camps, 1942-1946.


What is the meaning of the word "gaman"? What are some of the diverse media (materials used) to make art in the camps? What other different art forms were there?

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gaman is a Japanese word which means " enduring the possibly impossible with... View the full answer

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