Title: Letter, 1942 Aug. 13, La Crescenta, Calif. to Estelle
Creator/Contributor: Mita, Edo, Correspondent
Date: August 13, 1942
Note: Letter head = "URAII Cosmetics, 1124 So. Normandie Ave. Los Angeles, Calif."
Correspondent is a friend of Estelle's and a fellow artist. She writes about being in Hillcrest Sanitarium with "tubaculars". She complains about bad food and people dying
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