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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;\">Eddie Yasuhei Imazu</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Born</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">November 12 1897</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Died</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">May 29 1979</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Birth Location</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Yamaguchi, Japan</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 class=\"encyc notrg\" 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:Eddie;\nLastName:Imazu;\nDisplayName:Eddie Yasuhei Imazu;\nBirthDate:1897-11-12;\nDeathDate:1979-05-29;\nBirthLocation:Yamaguchi, Japan;\nGender:Male;\nEthnicity:JA;\nGenerationIdentifier:Issei;\nNationality:;\nExternalResourceLink:;\nPrimaryGeography:;\nReligion:;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>Eddie Yasuhei Imazu (1897-1979) was a Hollywood motion picture art director and production designer who born on November 12, 1897, in Yamaguchi and immigrated to the United States in 1910 at age thirteen. He graduated from Hollywood High School. He studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, for two years. Following an invitation to a party hosted by actor Sessue Hayakawa, he was offered a job at Metro Studios in the film industry. He initially worked as a draftsman in the art department before he was promoted to art director in 1929 and began handling pictures.\n</p><p>Initially, when <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Executive_Order_9066\" title=\"Executive Order 9066\">Executive Order 9066</a> was signed, initiating the forced removal of all Japanese Americans off of the West Coast, MGM studio offered Imazu accommodations within the studio in order to retain him as their art director.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-1\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-1\">[1]</a></sup>However, Imazu and his wife Aiko (herself a Los Angeles native and accomplished artist) decided against separating the family and were incarcerated at <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Santa_Anita_(detention_facility)\" title=\"Santa Anita (detention facility)\">Santa Anita Assembly Center</a> and in the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Jerome\" title=\"Jerome\">Jerome</a> and <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Rohwer\" title=\"Rohwer\">Rohwer</a>, Arkansas, camps. The couple had one daughter born before the war, and a second was born at Jerome.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-2\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-2\">[2]</a></sup> The family moved to Rohwer in June 1944 after the closing of Jerome. They left Rohwer to return to Los Angeles in July 1945.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-3\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-3\">[3]</a></sup>\n</p><p>Following his release, he returned to Culver City, California, where he was immediately offered his former job and continued working for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Film Studio for 35 years as an art director on Hollywood films, including <i>Go For Broke</i> (1951), a dramatic feature exploring the story of the 442nd/100th Battalion. \n</p><p>In 1936, Eddie Imazu was an Academy Award co-nominee for Best Art Direction on <i>The Great Ziegfeld</i>. Imazu's film credits include <i>The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance</i> (1962); <i>The Teahouse of the August Moon</i> (1956); <i>Go For Broke!</i> (1951); and <i>Three Wise Fools</i> (1946). His television credits include: \"The Twilight Zone\" (1964); \"Combat!\" (1963-1964); and \"The Thin Man\" (1958).\n</p><p>He died May 29, 1979 at age 81 in Los Angeles. \n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Patricia_Wakida\" title=\"Patricia Wakida\">Patricia Wakida</a></b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Wakida, Patricia</div>\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>Eddie Imazu website: <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.eddieimazu.org\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.eddieimazu.org</a>.\n</p><p>Sumida, Alice. \"A Portrait Of Eddie Imazu, Art Director At MGM Studio.\" <i>Pacific Citizen</i>, Dec. 20, 1947, <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.eddieimazu.org/hollywood-story-a-portrait-of-eddie-imazu-art-director-at-mgm-studios/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.eddieimazu.org/hollywood-story-a-portrait-of-eddie-imazu-art-director-at-mgm-studios/</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</div></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"Footnotes\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">Footnotes</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n<ol class=\"references\">\n<li id=\"cite_note-1\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-1\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Alice Sumida, \"Hollywood Story: A Portrait of Eddie Imazu, Art Director at MGM Studios\", <i>Pacific Citizen</i>, Dec. 20, 1947, 24, accessed on Jan. 11, 2018 at <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://ddr.densho.org/ddr-pc-19-51/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://ddr.densho.org/ddr-pc-19-51/</a>.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-2\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-2\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\"><i>Pacific Citizen</i>, Aug. 21, 1943, 7, accessed at <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://ddr.densho.org/ddr-pc-15-32/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://ddr.densho.org/ddr-pc-15-32/</a> on Jan. 11, 2018.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-3\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-3\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Final Accountability Roster, Rohwer, p. 43. 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