Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps during World War II (exhibition)


Traveling photographic exhibition on Japanese Americans who left the concentration camps on short term leave to work as farm laborers in the summers of 1942 and 1943. The exhibition features forty-five photographs by Farm Security Administration photographer Russell Lee, who photographed farm labor camps that housed the Japanese Americans, including one in Nyssa, Oregon. The exhibition also includes a short video that include interviews with several Japanese Americans who worked as farm laborers.

The traveling exhibition debuted in September 2014 at the Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, Oregon, and subsequently traveled to the Minidoka County Historical Society (Jan. 16 to May 15, 2015). Other scheduled venues include the Twin Falls Center for the Arts (June 1–30, 2015), Human Rights Education Institute (July 20 to September 12, 2015), Yakima Valley Museum (September 8, 2015 to January 16, 2016), Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center (February 11 to June 19, 2016), Japanese American National Museum (September 27, 2016 to January 8, 2017), Moses Lake Museum & Art Center (June 9 to September 8, 2017), and Oregon State University (October 9, 2017 to January 5, 2018).

Uprooted was produced by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission and supported by grants from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, the Idaho Humanities Council, the Malheur County Cultural Trust, and the Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust. Morgen Young served as the curator for the exhibition.

Authored by Brian Niiya, Densho

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Official website: http://www.uprootedexhibit.com.