Watercolor painting depicting a Japanese American family sitting at a table inside of their barrack in Heart Mountain Relocation Center. Handwritten text appears at the bottom of the painting: "Home. Heart Mt. Wyo. Dec. 42." Signed, "Estelle Ishigo."
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Artist Estelle Ishigo, the European American wife of a Japanese American, was among the American citizens forced out of California during World War II. Ishigo and her husband, Arthur, were first sent to Pomona Assembly Center and later to Heart Mountain Relocation Center, in a remote area of Wyoming. There, Estelle Ishigo continued her work as a painter. Students reflect on Ishigo's personal letters, artwork, and official documents to relate the themes of tolerance and prejudice to the era, understand that media plays a part in propaganda, and learn how artists convey thoughts and emotions through art.
Grade Level Recommendation:
Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12