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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;\">Kango Takamura</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Born</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">1895</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Died</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">1990</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Birth Location</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Kumamoto, 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:Kango;\nLastName:Takamura;\nDisplayName:Kango Takamura;\nBirthDate:1895-01;\nDeathDate:1990-01;\nBirthLocation:Kumamoto, Japan;\nGender:Male;\nEthnicity:JA;\nGenerationIdentifier:Issei;\nNationality:;\nExternalResourceLink:;\nPrimaryGeography:Los Angeles;\nReligion:;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>Kango Takamura (1895-1990) was an <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Issei\" title=\"Issei\">Issei</a> artist born in Kumamoto-ken, Japan, in January 1895. He immigrated to the United States when he was seventeen years old and lived in Hawai'i for ten years before he moved to the mainland. He initially moved to New York with an interest in the motion picture industry, where he worked for a short period at the Paramount Studios offices in Long Island before he relocated to Hollywood. \n</p><p>In 1941, he was working as a photo retoucher for RKO Studios in Los Angeles when Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese Imperial Navy. Takamura was arrested and detained by the FBI in 1942 after an incident where he offered to sell a motion-picture camera to a visiting Japanese general, thereby arousing suspicion of his political intent.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">[1]</a></sup> During World War II, he was incarcerated at an internment camp at <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Santa_Fe_(detention_facility)\" title=\"Santa Fe (detention facility)\">Santa Fe</a>, New Mexico, for several months and then moved to the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/War_Relocation_Authority\" title=\"War Relocation Authority\">War Relocation Authority</a> camp at <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Manzanar\" title=\"Manzanar\">Manzanar</a>, California, where he joined his wife, daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter, and remained there until 1945. Since all inmates were forbidden to take photographs in the camps, Takamura depicted his experiences and the surrounding landscapes of Santa Fe and Manzanar in drawings and watercolors. He also worked as a camp sign-maker at Santa Fe and as curator for a small museum at Manzanar. \n</p><p>At the end of the war, he returned to Hollywood and worked at RKO Studios for another twenty-five years before retiring. Takamura lived in Los Angeles until he passed away in January 1990 at age 94.\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>Finding Aid for the Kango Takamura Paintings, 1942-1945.\n<a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt6f59q5mg/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt6f59q5mg/</a>.\n</p><p>Gesensway, Deborah and Mindy Rosenman, eds. <i>Beyond Words: Images from America's Concentration Camps.</i> Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1987. \n</p><p>Higa, Karin M. <i>The View from Within: Japanese American Art from the Internment Camps,</i> 1942-1945. Japanese American National Museum, 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-ftnt_ref1-1\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Deborah Gesensway and Mindy Rosenman, eds., <i>Beyond Words: Images from America's Concentration Camps</i> (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1987)</span>\n</li>\n</ol></div>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.064 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.065 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 174/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 1102/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 2000/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 228/2097152 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:1946-0!*!0!!*!*!* and timestamp 20180309151516 and revision id 17883\n -->\n</div></div><div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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