Tag Archives: Asian American

Tanaka Designing and Tailoring School, 1925

Although the banner in the background mentions ladies and gents, I see only women and children here. I suppose the students were making both women’s and men’s clothing. The photo possibly depicts some kind of open house or graduation ceremony.  … Continue reading

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Four Women, Four Styles

This photo is from a large collection collected by the Hur and Hahn families. It features Frances Hur, who I believe is second from right, and a group of friends. Unfortunately, the photos are not as well documented as one … Continue reading

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Christmas in Minidoka, 1943

When Japanese Americans were removed from their homes by presidential order in 1942, they were sent to a number of concentration camps for the duration of World War Two.  One was Minidoka, located near the town of Hunt, Idaho.  Taken … Continue reading

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The Journey to Internment

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 heart wrenching show individuals and families waiting for transport, many with confused and dazed … Continue reading

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A Chinese Women’s Club Celebration, 1951

These Chinese-American women are celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival according to the Los Angeles Times. If you look carefully (or go to the original site and enlarge the photo) you can see a dragon boat center piece on the table. … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day in Stockton, California

When I searched for International Women’s Day on the Digital Public Library site, I found mainly images from abroad.  Even though the holiday began in the United States, historically it has not received that much coverage here (although Google is … 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. While researching this image, I discovered how important the Ahn family was to Korean American and California … Continue reading

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Nations Parade, July 4 1911

Here is an unusual Fourth of July parade picture showing older Chinese American women taking part in New York City.  The fascinating photo is in the on line collection of the Museum of the City of New York.  I went … Continue reading

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Grandmother and Granddaughter in Pants, 1950

This photo from Southern California in 1950 is a reminder that different ethnic groups in the United States had very different ideas about the appropriateness of women in pants. Here a Chinese American grandmother and her granddaughter pose proudly in their … Continue reading

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Tomeyo Okine—A Japanese American in California

The year is 1940, and the Okine family of Whittier California poses in front of their recently bought car.  In the amazing online collection of family photos, there are many in front of the car, obviously a prize possession.  Tameyo … Continue reading

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