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The Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake

The Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake


This exhibit explores the experiences and events at Tule Lake, the only Japanese American Segregation Center of WWII. The traveling exhibition probes the complexity of this unique Japanese American confinement site, which was located in Newell, CA.

RSVP for our opening reception on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 6-8pm:


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Art of Survival is being supported in part by a Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

Further support provided by The Oregon Community Foundation, Fred W. Fields Fund; Klamath Tourism Grant; Klamath Arts Council Grant; and generous donations by Denshō Digital Archives, Japanese American Museum of San Jose, Tule Lake Committee members Jimi Yamaichi and Hiroshi Shimizu, and Hiroshi Watanabe. This traveling exhibition was made in cooperation with the Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Lava Beds National Monument, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Image Credits

Stewart, Francis, Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. A view showing the artistic way in which the evacuees decorate the exterior of the barracks to make them more homelike. Department of the Interior, War Relocation Authority. 11/03/1942. NARA ID: 536360 - Courtesy of the National Archives

Renunciant rousted at Tule Lake jail. Courtesy of Densho and the National Archives (Photographer R. H. Ross)

Lee, Russell, Los Angeles, California. The evacuation of Japanese-Americans from West coast areas under United States Army war emergency order. Japanese try to sell their belongings. Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information, (Library of Congress) 4/1942.  Reproduction Number: LC-USF34-072258-D ˆCourtesy of the Library of Congress

Event Info

  • Dates: January 31, 2020 - March 1, 2020
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Visit Website
  • Address: 388 9th Street, #290, Oakland, CA 94607
  • Phone: (510) 637-0455
  • Price: Free
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