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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;\">Momo Nagano</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Born</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">September 16 1925</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Died</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">March 31 2010</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Birth Location</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Los Angeles</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/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">Nisei</a>\n</p>\n</td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-People\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>FirstName:Momo;\nLastName:Nagano;\nDisplayName:Momo Nagano;\nBirthDate:1925-09-16;\nDeathDate:2010-03-31;\nBirthLocation:Los Angeles;\nGender:Female;\nEthnicity:JA;\nGenerationIdentifier:Nisei;\nNationality:;\nExternalResourceLink:;\nPrimaryGeography:Los Angeles;\nReligion:;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>Momo Nagano (1925-2010) was an artist renowned for her weaving and other textile works. She was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1925, the second child and only daughter of Kiro and Ai Nagano who had immigrated from Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Nagano grew up with her parents and two brothers in the Seinan area of Los Angeles, leasing farm land and selling produce at the local wholesale market. \n</p><p>On the night of <a href=\"/wiki/December_7,_1941\" title=\"December 7, 1941\">December 7, 1941</a>, Nagano's father was taken into custody by the FBI, and for most of the war, he was imprisoned separately from the rest of the family. After President <a href=\"/wiki/Franklin_D._Roosevelt\" title=\"Franklin D. Roosevelt\">Franklin D. Roosevelt</a> signed <a href=\"/wiki/Executive_Order_9066\" title=\"Executive Order 9066\">Executive Order 9066</a> in early 1942, she and her family were incarcerated at <a href=\"/wiki/Manzanar\" title=\"Manzanar\">Manzanar</a>, one of America's concentration camps for Japanese Americans during World War II, where she graduated from the first class at Manzanar High School. While in camp, Nagano also participated in a camouflage net weaving project, which she later attributed as one of her first experiences with weaving technique. With the encouragement of her family and assistance from the <a href=\"/wiki/National_Japanese_American_Student_Relocation_Council\" title=\"National Japanese American Student Relocation Council\">National Japanese American Student Relocation Council</a>, she enrolled at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts in 1944, where she majored in history, graduating in June of 1947.\n</p><p>Upon graduating from college, Nagano returned to Los Angeles where she had her first formal art training in ceramics at the California School of Art. While working at a Chinese import company, she met and married Sam Kwong, a young Chinese immigrant, and bore four children, whom she ended up raising as a single mother. After a hiatus of twelve years while raising her children, Nagano returned to pursue her studies in ceramics in the early 1960s at Los Angeles City College and Chouinard Art Institute. She converted the garage of her home in Silverlake into a makeshift studio, installed a kiln in her front yard, hosting all-night firing parties. She also joined a thriving artist community in Venice, California. <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">[1]</a></sup>\n</p><p>In 1964, Nagano took a weaving class at the Barnsdall Art Center and began experimenting with different materials and traditional styles on Navajo upright and Mexican backstrap looms. She transformed her living room into a weaving studio, where she would work on pieces that would extend from floor to ceiling. Her large-scale weavings found their way into architectural projects for corporations such as YKK Zipper Co. as well as other corporate buildings and private collections in Southern California. Nagano also showed her work in numerous exhibitions and was a featured artist in several books. In addition to creating work, Nagano taught privately and at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles. She worked in the Doizaki Gallery at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles Little Tokyo from 1982-95. \n</p><p>Nagano died on March 31, 2010, in Los Angeles, California. \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>Ito, Leslie A. \"Japanese American Women and the Student Relocation Movement, 1942–1945.\" <i>Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies</i> 21.3 (2000): 1–24.\n</p><p><a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.nps.gov/manz/forteachers/upload/Nagano%20M.pdf\" rel=\"nofollow\">Momo Nagano Manzanar ID Card</a>. Manzanar National Historic Site website.\n</p><p>Nagano, Momo. \"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://articles.latimes.com/1994-08-14/news/ci-27040_1_art-form\" rel=\"nofollow\">An Artist Settles Into a Lifelong Pattern : Momo Nagano was attracted early to the Navajo art form of weaving. Eventually, it helped her appreciate her own ethnic heritage</a>.\" August 14, 1994.\n</p><p>\"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.kubotanikkeimortuary.com/obituaries/person/229~Momo~Kwong\" rel=\"nofollow\">Obituary for Momo Kwong</a>.\" Kubota Nikkei Mortuary.\n</p><p>\"<a href=\"/wiki/Words,_Weavings_and_Songs_(film)\" title=\"Words, Weavings and Songs (film)\">Words, Weavings &amp; Songs</a>\". 2002. Video. Directed by John Esaki and produced by the Watase Media Arts Center at the Japanese American National Museum. 34 minutes.\n</p>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">Footnotes</span></h2>\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 href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">\"Obituary for Momo Kwong,\" Kubota Nikkei Mortuary, accessed on July 3, 2015 at <a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://www.kubotanikkeimortuary.com/obituaries/person/229~Momo~Kwong/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.kubotanikkeimortuary.com/obituaries/person/229~Momo~Kwong/</a></span>\n</li>\n</ol></div>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.068 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.068 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 175/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 1102/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 2077/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 233/2097152 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:2058-0!*!0!!*!*!* and timestamp 20170310091408 and revision id 22974\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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