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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div id=\"databox-PeopleDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Name</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Charles Erabu Mikami</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Born</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">January 30 1902</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Died</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">September 16 1998</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Birth Location</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Hiroshima</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Generational Identifier</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n<p><a href=\"/wiki/Issei\" title=\"Issei\">Issei</a>\n</p>\n</td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-People\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>FirstName:Charles Erabu;\nLastName:Mikami;\nDisplayName:Charles Erabu Mikami;\nBirthDate:1902-01-30;\nDeathDate:1998-09-16;\nBirthLocation:Hiroshima;\nGender:Male;\nEthnicity:JA;\nGenerationIdentifier:Issei;\nNationality:;\nExternalResourceLink:;\nPrimaryGeography:;\nReligion:;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>Charles Erabu (Suiko) Mikami (1902–98) was a <i>sumi-e</i> painter who painted many desolate camp landscapes while incarcerated in the <a href=\"/wiki/Tule_Lake\" title=\"Tule Lake\">Tule Lake</a> and <a href=\"/wiki/Topaz\" title=\"Topaz\">Topaz</a> concentration camps during World War II. He was born in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1901, and began studying <i>sumi-e</i>, Japanese traditional brush painting at age fourteen. In 1919 he immigrated to Seattle, Washington, with the hopes of attending art school. In Seattle he married Mifuye (Ota), and to support his family, he became a produce broker for Japanese farmers in the Kent Valley, delivering their produce daily to the Pike Place Market. He continued practicing his painting and art as well as writing <a href=\"/wiki/Senry%C5%AB\" title=\"Senryū\">senryū</a> poetry, and rose in prominence in the community.\n</p><p>After Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941, Mikami was arrested by the FBI and incarcerated at the <a href=\"/wiki/Pinedale_(detention_facility)\" title=\"Pinedale (detention facility)\">Pinedale</a> Assembly Center in California. He was joined by his wife and two sons in Tule Lake, before he was finally transferred to Topaz in Utah. Once the family had settled at Topaz, Mikami joined other artists at the Topaz Art School, founded by <a href=\"/wiki/Chiura_Obata\" title=\"Chiura Obata\">Chiura Obata</a> and <a href=\"/wiki/George_Matsusaburo_Hibi\" title=\"George Matsusaburo Hibi\">George Matsusaburo Hibi</a> to teach. Other instructors for the school included <a href=\"/wiki/Hisako_Hibi\" title=\"Hisako Hibi\">Hisako Hibi</a>, <a href=\"/wiki/Mine_Okubo\" title=\"Mine Okubo\">Minè Okubo</a>, and <a href=\"/wiki/Byron_Takashi_Tsuzuki\" title=\"Byron Takashi Tsuzuki\">Byron Takashi Tsuzuki</a>. After the war the family relocated to Coyote, California, where they stayed with Ota family and helped with their farm. Mikami finally settled in Morgan Hill, California, where he purchased land and began a new life as a strawberry farmer, while painting <i>sumi-e</i> and writing senryū poems. \n</p><p>Mikami's paintings are held in the collections of museums such as the Smithsonian, the <a href=\"/wiki/Japanese_American_National_Museum\" title=\"Japanese American National Museum\">Japanese American National Museum</a> in Los Angeles, the Japanese America Museum of San Jose, the Sacramento State Art Museum, and the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, Washington.\n</p><p>In 1977, the Japanese Government awarded Mikami the Order of Sacred Treasure, 5th Class for his civic service and for his contribution to U.S.-Japan friendship and cultural exchange.\n</p><p>He died on September 16, 1998, at the age of ninety-six.\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a href=\"/wiki/Patricia_Wakida\" title=\"Patricia Wakida\">Patricia Wakida</a></b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Wakida, Patricia</div>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2>\n<p>Video Interview with Kris Mikami. \"Art Behind Barbed Wire.\" <a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://abbw.info/2012/11/03/video-interview-with-kris-mikami/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://abbw.info/2012/11/03/video-interview-with-kris-mikami/</a>.\n</p><p><i>The View from Within: Japanese American Art from the Internment Camps, 1942-1945</i>. Los Angeles: Japanese American National Museum, UCLA Wight Art Gallery, and UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 1992.\n</p>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.048 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.047 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 119/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 730/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 1928/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 241/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 5/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:1597-0!*!0!*!*!*!* and timestamp 20170309221141 and revision id 16245\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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