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The Digital Public Library of America—Investigating American Diversity

I found this fascinating photograph of a sewing class at the Jerome Relocation Camp for Japanese Americans in Arkansas by typing “sewing pattern” into the search engine of the Digital Public Library of America.  This recent venture aims to collect … Continue reading

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A Stylish Librarian in Black and White

I love libraries. Even in this age of online resources, document delivery services, and tablets, I love going into the library stacks and wandering around. That’s why I was happy to give a talk at my university’s library on the … Continue reading

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Happy International Women’s Day!

March 8, International Women’s Day, is celebrated all around the world.  Many people don’t know that its origins are in the United States—and it is linked to sewing.  Socialist women declared a National Women’s Day to commemorate the New York … Continue reading

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Trio in Denim, 2010

This family photo comes from my former student, Rachel, who is now in a graduate program in London.  I was tempted to call  this post “The Three Graces in Denim,” given its classic compositional style. Here we see the many … Continue reading

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Eleanor Roosevelt and Mrs. Yamamoto, 1943

From the wonderful website Calisphere, these photos show first lady Eleanor Roosevelt  visiting the Gila Japanese American relocation camp in Rivers, Arizona.  I would love to know the thoughts of Mrs. Yamamoto, former president of the San Francisco PTA, as … Continue reading

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The Ahn Family at the Moongate Restaurant, 1961

This wonderful photo, which comes from the LA Public Library’s “Shades of LA” collection, documents the 77th birthday party of Heyron (Helen) Ahn at the family’s restaurant. While researching this image, I discovered how important the Ahn family is to … Continue reading

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Chinese Women’s Club, 1951

This Los Angeles Times photo from Calisphere shows three Chinese-American women preparing for the Dragon Boat Festival.  All of them wear elegant qipao, or cheongsam, dresses with contrasting piping, elaborate frog closures, and mandarin collars.    My favorite is the long … Continue reading

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Traveling to Internment, 1942

Calisphere has a large collection of photos by Dorothea Lange documenting the round up and deportation of Japanese Americans during the Second World War.  The most poignant of these show individuals and families waiting for transport, their possessions scattered all … Continue reading

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