Gambatte: Legacy of an Enduring Spirit
On Feb. 19, 1942, with a frightened nation still reeling from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor two months earlier, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which led to the forced removal of almost 120,000 Japanese Americans to incarceration camps during World War II. Two-thirds of them were native-born American citizens who were given but a few days to settle their financial affairs and report for relocation to desolate incarceration camps away from the West Coast.
Even though they had done nothing wrong, many of the Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) didn’t talk about their incarceration camp experiences because of the shame and pain they felt. Not only did they want to put the past behind them, they also didn’t want to burden their children with their personal loss.
Paul Kitagaki Jr. strives to create contemporary images that complement and mirror the original photographs of Dorothea Lange and her counterparts and reveal the strength and perseverance of my subjects. He wants their faces and voices to reach out and tell the stories of the incarceration experience.
May 23, 2017
May 27 – October 28, 2017
Historic Fort Snelling Visitors Center
More information on the exhibit can be found on Paul Kitagaki’s website.