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Standing Guard Art Exhibit

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Award winning photographer De an Tokuno exhibited photographs of his Uncle Tim who served heroically in World War II. Dean has previously exhibited two powerful interpretive documentaries of his parents and his grandfather. The Ridley Gallery show was the first showing of the views of his uncle. The exhibit opened February 19, 2002, the anniversary of the signing of the Executive Order 9066 in 1942. During the exhibit former internees and veterans who served in the all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, nicknamed the "Purple Heart Brigade" were in the gallery to talk about their experiences with visitors.

tea bowl exhibit.The library in Rocklin and Grass Valley showcased historic artifacts and photographs related to life in Placer County before and during the war years. On view was a part of an exhibit from the Klamath Falls Museum including a searchlight from a guard tower at the Tule Lake Internment Camp.

Anthony Gill of the Art Department directed an installation on campus of 1,800 ceramic tea bowls symbolizing the numbers of people affected and their remarkable spirit. Anthony threw each bowl with imperfections characteristic of the traditional rustic style-- each individual, each unique.

Display in the LRCPhotographs and Memorabilia

Other display cases throughout the LRC on both campuses showed artifacts giving a sense of the times in the early 1940's. The displays thematically covered the Japanese American's Placer County involvement in four areas: agriculture, education, the internment camps and the military. Some display items were on loan from the Klamath Falls Museum, the Sacramento Archives Museum and Collection Center and community individuals. Annuals from Placer Junior College were displayed along with yearbooks from Tule Lake loaned by Hisako Sugioka from Penryn.

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