Friday, 24 February 2012

Some WWII goods

Hello! :)

Today in class we saw some pictures of Japanese-American internment camps. I found a web with several photos and context: http://publicintelligence.net/japanese-internment-camps-war-relocation-authority-photos/


This banner was posted by a Japanese storeowner so that his business wouldn't be attacked. (Anti-Japanese feelings were strong even prior to WWII, similar to the hate against the Chinese).

Some celebrities were in those camps, like famous actor and human rights activist George Takei (Star Trek).


In this interview, he talks about the conditions of his stay:

"
I started school, and they taught us the Pledge of Allegiance. From my schoolhouse window, I could see the barbed wire fence and the sentry tower. I recited the words "with liberty and justice for all," without ever realizing how strongly ironic that was. When we came back to Los Angeles, the two most difficult things to get at that time were a job and housing. Our first home was on Skid Row in Los Angeles. That was the most terrifying part of the whole internment experience — getting back on our feet. For us kids ... living on Skid Row was terrifying. The stench of urine was everywhere, the street, the hallways. My sister would say, "Mama, let's go back home," meaning behind the barbed wire fence."
(http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/george-takei-dreams-of-a-truer-democracy/Content?oid=2081990)

I also wanted to show you this amazing picture:



Admiral 'Spike' Blandy and his wife celebrate the testing of the largest thermonuclear device ever tested by the United States at Bikini Atoll on March 1, 1946.

And, finally, yesterday was the 67th anniversary of the raising of the US flag in Iwo Jima, one of the most iconic and parodied photos in history (http://www.usni.org/iwo-jima-parody-photos.html):


Have a nice weekend!

2 comments:

Jonas S.F said...

Excellent post Leticia!
By the way we've got a new tag/label: Photography!

Patricia Bou said...

Excellent pictures! Thanks, P.