Chikaji Kawakami

Name Chikaji Kawakami
Born April 18 1882
Died April 18 1949
Birth Location Kagoshima, Japan
Generational Identifier


Issei artist Chikaji "Nanpo" Kawakami (1882-1949) was born in Kagoshima, Japan, where he attended art school and adopted the name "nanpo" (south side). In 1901 he immigrated to the United States and settled in Berkeley where he worked in a motorcycle repair shop and in a laundry and dry-cleaning business. He was incarcerated along with his children and wife, Matsu, in Tanforan Assembly Center and the concentration camp at Topaz , Utah, during World War II. After his release from camp, he settled in Chicago, Illinois. He died in 1949.

Authored by Patricia Wakida

For More Information

The View from Within: Japanese American Art from the Internment Camps, 1942-1945 . Los Angeles: Japanese American National Museum, UCLA Wight Art Gallery, and UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 1992.

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